110 Great End-of-Year Award Ideas

If you’re ready to celebrate the accomplishments and talents of your students, check out this list of end-of-year award ideas. 

The end of the school year is a special time because it’s an opportunity for students to reflect upon all of the great milestones they have reached. 

While year-long positive reinforcement and praise are essential, there is nothing more special than spotlighting students’ achievements during an awards ceremony.

Honoring students with end-of-the-year awards shows that their hard work is valued and appreciated.

This recognition encourages them to feel pride in their achievements leading to higher self-esteem. 

They will have a keepsake to cherish for the rest of their lives. 

Here you will find a list of the best end-of-year award ideas that cover a variety of student personalities and abilities. 

End-of-Year Award Ideas

Following are the best end-of-the-year award ideas for students which includes fun awards.

  • Above and Beyond Award – consistently performs above grade level standards or does more than expected when it comes to helping others
  • Academic Excellence
  • Active Participator – always eager to participate during class discussions and activities; rarely if ever needs prompting from the teacher
  • Amazing Artist – draws, sketches, or colors well; also a student who is talented in music or drama/theater
  • Aspiring Author – able to insert any profession such as Aspiring Chef or Aspiring Athlete
  • Avid Reader
  • Awesome Athlete
  • Awesome Attendance – may not have perfect attendance but his/her attendance record is above average
  • Beautiful Handwriting
  • Brilliant Behavior – a student who consistently demonstrates appropriate behavior without much direction from others
  • Caring Classmate
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Certificate of Completion – an all-purpose award that recognizes the efforts of a student who has successfully completed a task
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Chapter Book Champ – a student who loves to read chapter books 
  • Cheerful Award
  • Cooperative Award – a student who follows instructions well or works well in a group
  • Creative Award
  • Dean’s List – a student who has good grades throughout the entire school year
  • Deep Discusser – a student who adds meaningful dialogue to class lessons and activities; may be a good debater
  • Dependable
  • Eager Participant
  • Enthusiastic Helper
  • Excellence in… – insert any subject area such as math, reading, writing, science, spelling, or social studies
  • Excellent Effort
  • Exceptionally Organized Award
  • Fabulous Friend
  • Future Third Grader -insert any appropriate grade level
  • Goal Getter – a student who makes a strategic plan (and reaches) his/her SMART goals
  • Good Citizen – consistently follows the Golden Rule and/or character education virtues
  • Good Conduct
  • Good Decision Maker – makes a good choice even when faced with a challenge or peer pressure
  • Good Reader 
  • Great Listener
  • Growth Mindset Award – always sees the positive in a situation; sees the glass half full
end of year award ideas
  • Hard Worker Award
  • Honor Roll – has had A or B grades all year long
  • Imagination Award – very creative and/or comes up with unique ideas
  • Improvement Award
  • Innovator Award – loves to discover new ideas; has ideas for new activities and projects
  • Inquisitive Award – asks a lot of questions; curious about everything
  • Kindness Award
  • Magnificent Manners
  • Marvelous Manners
  • Marvelous Messenger
  • Master Mathematician
  • Math Achievement
  • Most Organized
  • Mr./Ms. Manners
  • Neat Handwriting
  • Noteworthy Growth In… – insert any relevant learning objective
  • Patience Award
  • Patriotic Award – has a lot of pride in his or her country
  • People Person Award – gets along with practically everyone
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Perfect Penmanship
  • Perseverance Award – never gives up, even when the going gets tough
  • Politeness Award
  • Positive Attitude
  • Positively Motivating – motivates and encourages others to do their very best; has a lot of confidence in himself or herself
  • Principal’s Award – a student who is recognized for doing something spectacular
  • Problem Solver Award
  • Reading Achievement
  • Remarkable Reader
  • Respectful Friend 
  • Rockstar Reader
  • Science Achievement
  • Science Fair Winner
  • Sight Word Superhero
  • Skilled Scientist
  • Spectacular Speaker
  • Spectacular Sportsmanship
  • Spelling Award
  • Spelling Bee Champ
  • Splendid Speller
  • Sports Star
  • Star Student Award – an all-purpose award that recognizes a student who excels in a certain area
  • Stellar Sportsmanship
  • STEM Star – excels in the area of science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Super Speller
  • Super Studious
  • Superb Speaker – gives really good class presentations; articulates his or her thoughts well during discussions
  • Team Leader – in group assignments, leads the group well
  • Team Player
  • Thinker Award – good with problem-solving or figuring out how to do something
  • Voracious Reader
  • Wonderful Writer
  • Writing Achievement
  • Young Author Award – a student who is a gifted writer

Fun End-of-Year Award Ideas

  • Bear Award – protective and will not hesitant to stick up for others when needed
  • Chapter Book Lover
  • Class Comedian Award – makes everyone laugh
  • Computer Genius – good with technology; likes to play video games
  • Healthy Habits Award – brings healthy lunches and/or snacks to school
  • Interior Decorator Award – always cleaning desk; desk or cubby is magazine-worthy
  • Most Likely to Star In a Movie Award – a fun award for a student who regularly puts on a “dramatic” show when injured or in trouble
  • Super Singer
  • Superstar – an all-purpose award for a student who shines in a particular area
  • Sweet Smile
  • Tech Guru
  • Top-Notch Behavior

Candy End-of-Year Award Ideas

  • 100 Grand Award – gives 100% perfect effort
  • Bit-O-Honey Award – sweet and kind
  • Cotton Candy Award – carefree and easygoing
  • Gummy Bear Award – loveable, caring, and considerate of others
  • Hot Tamales Award – on fire for learning
  • Jolly Rancher Award – regularly in a good mood; cheerful
  • Laffy Taffy Award – has a good sense of humor; makes others laugh
  • Mounds Award – a student who does heaps of good work on a regular basis
  • Ring Pop Award – a student who is a “gem”
  • Snickers Award – student with a good sense of humor or who giggles/laughs a lot

Final Thoughts On End-of-Year Award Ideas

Now you have lots of ideas for student awards for the end of the school year. 

Create memories by hosting an end-of-the-year ceremony. Distribute to each student a special certificate that they will treasure forever. 

If you liked these end-of-year award ideas, download end-of-the-year awards for students in PDF form.