The application has a place for you to list awards and achievements. It is important to list the ones that you have earned because of your work and dedication. You should keep track of all of your awards from the beginning of high school, but make sure you list the most recent ones first on the application. School awards show that you stand out among your peers, and should be included. If you have earned any national awards, either through a competition or application, it is beneficial to add those as well to your application. Some awards will mean more than others to the admissions committee. For example, perfect attendance will not be as indicative of your accomplishments as an academic achievement award. Awards that have to do solely with your “numbers” (SAT score, AP scores, or GPA) are less helpful since the admissions committee can see those values directly anyways.
These are some programs that are popular among high school students. This is by no means an exhaustive list of nationally recognized programs. Boy’s/Girls States