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Award Benefits

There are many benefits to doing The Award. Here are just a few of the key points that we think you should know!

Open to everyone

Any young person aged 14-24 can do the Award, no matter their gender, cultural background, religious or political affiliation or physical ability. An Award is gained through individual improvement and achievement, which means that disadvantaged young people and those with special needs are able to participate fully! 

Great for applications

Having your Duke of Ed Award looks great on tertiary study applications, scholarships, CVs and resumes. Whether applying for tertiary study or about to enter the work force, The Award shows commitment and achievement, as well as dedication to a variety of activities. It also gives young people an opportunity to talk about themselves and their passions outside of their formal education.​ 

It's a process, not a prize 

The Award is a process of personal and social development; the activities which make up the Award are a means to this end. Young people learn from the new experiences they have and discover hidden capabilities and talents.

What impact does the Award have on a young person?

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our participants:

  • are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
  • learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
  • learn to assess risk
  • become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community
  • make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement
  • learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success
  • learn important life skills
  • increase their career opportunities


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