Vanguard Award 2021

The Vanguard Award is offered annually to high school students who exhibit not only extraordinary academic ability, but also intellectual curiosity, global consciousness, and entrepreneurial spirit. It is these qualities that distinguish Minerva students from other accomplished scholars. By recognizing those who are pursuing uncommon interests and charting unique paths, we seek to honor young, innovative thinkers around the world.

Many traditional universities in the United States present books written by their professors to top students, but the Vanguard Award is designed to inspire creative thinking. Our award winners will receive a custom journal, so they can document their own explorations, ideas, and insights.

Nomination deadline

November 19

award criteria

award criteria

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Intellectual Curiosity

The Vanguard Award celebrates students who challenge themselves academically and explore their individual passions.

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Global Consciousness

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Vanguard Award winners seek to engage with others beyond their local communities to improve our collective future.

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Independent Spirit

Vanguard Award winners courageously navigate their personal journeys and author their own stories.


Recommend a student who exemplifies curiosity.

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Cultural Immersion

Learning at Minerva goes far beyond the classroom. Students immerse in seven diverse cities across the world during their four years to gain a global perspective.

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Foundational Academics

Minerva’s academic philosophy is student-oriented and focuses on developing one’s abilities to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to work well with others.

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Professional Support

Students receive personalized coaching and access to professional opportunities to help them make an impact in their careers.