Nominate an Outstanding Young Student For the YEA! Awards

County will honor six young people for excellence in leadership, perseverance, and service

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2023) - Each year, Hillsborough County recognizes the many positive contributions made by young people in the community through the Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards). Nominations for the awards are being accepted now through 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

YEA! Awards nominations can be submitted for both middle and high school students in each of the following categories:

  • Leadership - demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, or the arts.
  • Success Despite Difficult Odds - overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and make a positive impact on others.
  • Volunteer or Community Service - allocating discretionary time to help others or complete a project that has improved the community.

The nomination form is available for submission online at

Nominations will be reviewed by the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW). The COSW was created to study and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on issues pertaining to the status of women, including discrimination, employment, education, day care, and health care and is comprised of BOCC appointees and representatives from women-serving groups in Hillsborough County.

The YEA! Awards were created in 2010 to recognize Hillsborough County students for making a difference in their community. Students honored show initiative, innovation, and a commitment to themselves and others, while pursuing excellence in a leadership capacity. This can be demonstrated in academics, community service, athletics, performing arts, conservation, or other areas. The YEA! Awards will be presented by the Board of County Commissioners in October.

For additional information on the YEA! Awards, visit


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