USA Today All-USA College Academic Team

Degree Level: Undergrad

Enrollment Status: Full-time

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Arts & Humanities, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

Location: United States

Duration: Any

Deadlines: November. Please check website below for the specific date.


USA TODAY's All-USA College Academic Team honors 20 full-time undergraduates as representatives of all outstanding college students. Their accomplishments will be noted and their photographs published in USA TODAY in February, and they each will receive a trophy and $2,500 cash. Forty more students will be named to the Second and Third Teams. Their names will be announced in the paper, and they will receive certificates.

The program honors students who have not only challenged themselves and excelled in their course work, but extend their academic and broader intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit their schools, their communities and society. A key element given most weight by the judges will be the student's essay describing his or her most outstanding original academic or intellectual product. The nominator (or one of the people writing a letter of recommendation) must describe the merits of the endeavor in detail and how it may benefit society. If the endeavor is a group project, the letter should describe in specific terms what the student did and any results from the student's actions.

Unlike scholarships, fellowships or grants, the All-USA Academic Team is a recognition honoring students for what they have done in college, as opposed to what they plan or hope to do upon graduation.

Award Details

Amount: 2500 + newspaper mention

Degree: undergraduate

Fields of Study: any