The Young Scot Awards Categories for 2020

There are FOURTEEN different Young Scot Awards categories – but what do they all mean? 

Don’t worry, we’ve got all the info below 👇

Young Hero

This is for the brave people out there, somebody or a group of people who have done something really courageous. Whether they have fought through a tough time, helped someone else in need, or yes, even rescued a kitten from a tree, this is the award for them.


Sponsored by The Scottish Government

This is for the people who like to make a difference in their local area, someone who is always trying to make people’s lives better where they live. Whether they’re always writing to their local MSP, picking up litter around the area or helping out their neighbours, the community award is an ideal fit.


This is for the people who love giving their time for others, someone who is always spending their spare time helping people. Whether they're balancing school or university with volunteering, have more than one volunteering role or just love spending their time doing something good for the world around them.

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Solace Scotland

This is for the people who do amazing things that sometimes go unnoticed. Whether they're always there to help, have overcome a really difficult time or challenge, or you just want to say "thank you", this is the category for them. 

Excellence In Education

This is for the people who've worked super hard in school, someone who has had lots of other things to think about outside of school but still manages to keep up in class. Whether they look after someone else at home, have overcome health difficulties or come from a care background - and have an enthusiasm and passion for learning at school, college or uni, then they are a great fit for this award. 

Enhancing Education

Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

This is for the people who make school, college and university an even better place to be, someone who puts extra time into their education. Whether they've set up a club or do some extra tutoring or try to make the classroom better for everyone.


This is for your local sporting star! Someone who has overcome adversity in sport or put getting fit at the heart of their life. Whether they are a brilliant coach, are winning all the medals or have helped other people get into sport make sure they have a chance of winning this award. 

Health and Wellbeing

Sponsored by Active Scotland

This is for the people who try to improve peoples lives, someone who is working to make other people's physical and mental health better. Whether they're an aspiring doctor or nurse, support people around them with their health, or fight to improve the wellbeing of others, they are definitely the type of person we'd like to see in this category! 

Equality and Diversity

This is for the people who do their best to make things fairer for everyone, someone who is always encouraging respect and understanding of others. Whether they've started groups to get people talking about their differences, helped communities that might face more discrimination than others, or have campaigned to make things fair and equal for people, then they deserve to be nominated in this category.

The Arts

This is for the creative folks, those who are doing something brilliant in the arts. Whether they help other people get creative, made a film/painting/play or something else that told an amazing story or run arty workshops in their community then this award is for them.


Sponsored by Stagecoach

This award isn't just for the famous but for the stars in our midst who entertain us every day. They might be the fresh talent, ready to explode onto the scene or they might be made for the stage. They could be a vlogger, an actor, presenter, a musician, a band, or a comedian. Scotland certainly has talent and we want to hear about it in this category.


Do you know a young person or a group of young people who give their time and effort to help protect the world for future generations? This could be related to recycling, global sustainability, ecology, plastic consumption or something else. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who are passionate about green and environmental issues and determined to make a positive difference!


This award is for a young person or group of young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair, they have they harnessed their passion or built their own business from their bedroom. This category celebrates a young entrepreneur or collective behind a great business.

Young Scot of the Year 2020

All the fantastic young people shortlisted as a finalist in each of the categories above will be entered automatically into the Young Scot of the Year category - and win the overall award of the night.

Find out more about the 2020 event.

Head back to the Young Scot Awards page.