the inspirational

contributions of

thousands of young Scots

for nominating!

Nominations have now closed

we will announce the 2021 finalists soon



Since its launch in 2006, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards have been Scotland’s only national awards evening for the young people of Scotland. They have celebrated the inspirational contributions and achievements of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to communities across Scotland.

We’ve seen the stories from the most incredible young people. Former nominees have risen to the top of the sporting, business, entertainment and the art worlds. Hundreds more are making a lasting difference all over the country.

Thursday 22nd April 2021
Virtual event

Thank you for nominating

Nominations are now closed

Award Categories

Young Hero

The Young Hero award is for an extraordinary young person or group who deserves special recognition for their bravery. Do you know a young person who has shown amazing courage, battled the odds or showed incredible perseverance to save the day? You should nominate them as Young Scot’s Young Hero for 2021!


The community award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group that improves the lives of other people within a community. This could be with a local community or a community of people living in different parts of Scotland. Your nominee may have demonstrated good citizenship or leadership by influencing decision-making at local or national level, participated in community action, or who has made a huge difference through volunteering or leadership.


Young volunteers across Scotland selflessly donate their time and energy free of charge to help other people. These young people make a huge difference driving positive change through volunteering including altering negative perceptions of young people and creating opportunities for others. Do you know a young person who deserves recognition for their selfless contribution then enter them today for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Award volunteering category?

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Solace Scotland

Do you know a young person or group who goes the extra mile but never asks for any recognition or reward? Do you owe someone a thanks for their help and support? Someone who has overcome difficult personal circumstances or risen to a challenge? We are calling on you to nominate an unsung young person who deserves this award.

Enhancing Education

Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

The Enhancing Education Award is for a young person or group who have truly influenced education in their community either by providing access and opportunities for others, or by influencing change in education for their communities. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who determined to make a positive difference in enhancing education for others.


Sponsored by sportscotland

Right across Scotland young people, through their efforts and determination, are achieving extraordinary things in sport. This can either be through playing or helping to increase access and opportunities for sport and active living. We want to hear about teams, individuals, coaches, volunteers and indeed anyone else who is inspiring others or set to be the next star of Scottish sporting star.

Health and Wellbeing

Young people across Scotland are involved in supporting and inspiring others to improve their physical and mental health. They might be providing support in their communities, looking to change policy or services, working in healthcare or involved with healthcare charities. It’s important that their contributions are recognised. If you know a young person or a group of young people hard at work to improve people’s health - let us know.


Equality and Diversity

The Equality and Diversity Award recognises a young person or group of young people working tirelessly to promote equality, diversity and inclusion or challenge prejudice and discrimination. Their efforts will have helped encourage respect, tolerance and understanding across all ages, races, faiths, genders, cultures, communities and identity. Celebrate their achievements and enter them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Equality and Diversity Award.


This is your opportunity to celebrate a young person’s or a group of young people’s contribution to arts and culture in Scotland. Are they inspiring and helping others to express themselves through arts or making a difference to their local community by sharing their time or creations in a creative way? If so, we want to hear about them so please nominate them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Arts category.


There are so many ways to entertain – this award is not just for the famous but for the stars in our midst who entertain us every day. They are the young stars of today or the fresh talent ready to explode onto their scenes. They could be a vlogger, an actor, presenter, a musician, a band, a comedian, an expert in shadow puppetry. Scotland certainly has talent and we want to hear about the young people or groups of young people who entertain you.


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 or perhaps something else entirely. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who is passionate about green and environmental issues and determined to make a positive difference.


Do you know a young person or business run by young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair? Have they harnessed their passion to help economic growth and sustainability in their local community or started their enterprise from their bedroom? If you know a young entrepreneur or collective behind a great business, then nominate them today.

International Award

Sponsored by British Council

This award is for a young person, or a group of young people, who work hard to develop and maintain international cultural and educational links. This could be taking part in international experiences and learning from other young people around the world. Or, it could be creating knowledge and understanding between young people in Scotland and other countries by taking part in cultural or educational activities.

Young Scot of the Year

(Final award from category winners)

No need to nominate. All the fantastic young people shortlisted in the categories above will be entered automatically into the Young Scot of the Year category.