Special Opportunities and Awards

Special Contests

  • LifeSmarts 30th Anniversary Video Contest

    • First Place: Pewaukee Pirates, Pewaukee High School, Wisconsin
    • Second Place:Sunrise Christian Academy, Kansas
    • Third Place:Gordon County 4-H Varsity, Georgia 4-H
    • Honorable Mentions:
      • Altitude 9.0, Flagstaff Home Educators, Arizona;
      • Crosby High School, Connecticut;
      • Indiana Small Town Girls, Greene County 4-H, Indiana 4-H;
      • The Money Hounds, Litchville-Marion High School, North Dakota

Awards in LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts LifeSparks Team Achievement Award

National LifeSmarts Championship Awards – Varsity

  • The Florence Kelley Cup is awarded each year to the National LifeSmarts Champion.  Each National Champion team has their name inscribed on the trophy.
  • Scholarships are awarded to four winning teams and the top five students at the National LifeSmarts Championship. 
    • 1st Place team (5 students) at $1500/each + Amazon gift card 
    • 2nd Place team (5 students) at $1000 /each + Amazon gift card 
    • 3rd place teams (10 students) at $750/each + Amazon gift card 
  • Scholarships are awarded to  the top five students at the National LifeSmarts Championship.
    • Topic assessment winners in Consumer Rights & Responsibilities; Personal Finance; Technology & Workforce Preparation; Health & Safety; and Environment; $500/ each + Amazon gift card

  • Community Service Scholarships
    • OTC Medicine Mentor Individual Scholarships (5 students) at $1000 each
    • Identity Theft Essay Contest Winners (5 students) at $1000 each
    • Additional yearly awards
  • Students and Coaches of the Year 
    • 2 students – Amazon gift card
    • 2 coaches – Amazon gift card
  • All team coaches (head coach only) Amazon Gift Card
  • Travel Stipends
    • We also award $35,000 in travel stipends annually


State Awards
Awards vary by state but can include travel stipends, trophies and/or prizes and even scholarships. Check with your State LifeSmarts Coordinator for additional information.

Other Recognitions

Students and coaches can also earn smaller prizes, such as gift cards, by participating in other LifeSmarts contests. These include:

  • The T-shirt contest at the National LifeSmarts Championship
  • The social media contest(s) at the National LifeSmarts Championship
  • Other special contests as part of the National LifeSmarts Championship

Special Opportunities

Prizes are often awarded to the top-scoring teams in the LifeSmarts FBLA Challenge, the BPA Personal Finance Challenge and Technology & Workforce Preparation Challenge, the FCCLA/LifeSmarts  Knowledge Bowl, the LifeSmarts 4-H Online Summer Challenge, and the LifeSmarts SkillsUSA Health & Safety Challenge.