2020 AJC Cup FAQs
Important Note: Our letters were sent prior to the announcement that many school districts would be closed due to COVID-19. We understand this may make it difficult for you to submit your information by the April 15 deadline – and could also potentially impact the timing for your school’s year-end activities. We will work closely with you and adjust as necessary.
Q: What is the AJC Cup?
A: The AJC Cup began in 1927 and is one of the oldest news organization award programs in the country. This prestigious award honors one individual, chosen by your school’s faculty and administration, who best represents academic excellence, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. A trophy is provided to you to present at your year-end awards ceremony or program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also recognizes each winner in the newspaper and on AJC.com.
Q: How are students selected?
A: The winner from each school is chosen by the school’s faculty and administration, who best represents academic excellence, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. The AJC is not involved in the selection process but is provided the student’s information by a member of the school administration – principal, guidance counselor, etc.
Q: What schools are eligible to participate?
A: Over 200 public and private high schools in metro Atlanta (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett) are contacted by the AJC in early March by email and letter and invited to submit an honoree. In addition, there are number of schools outside the metro Atlanta area that are “grandfathered” into the program.
Q: Is there any cost to the school to participate?
A: No. The AJC covers the cost of the trophy and shipping.
Q: Where do I submit our high school’s honoree information?
A: The AJC Cup submission form is online only at http://www.ajc.com/ajccup2020. Students are selected only by a school official or administrator. At this time, submissions are not open to the public.
Q:What information is required for my school to submit?
A: The online form guides you through a list of questions. The form requires you to submit a brief description of the student’s accomplishments that can be used by the AJC for news coverage. Please note the form has changed slightly from prior years. We are interested in knowing more about the student and what makes their story and accomplishments inspiring to others.
Q: Do I need to submit a photo?
A: Yes. We are also asking you to submit a head shot photo of the winner that we may also use for news coverage. We highly recommend their senior class photo. Please submit in a jpg format. You should upload this at the time you submit your winner’s information.
Q: What is the deadline for submission?
A: The deadline to complete the online submission form is set for Wednesday, April 15. However, with the circumstances regarding school closings, we are aware this may cause a delay. We are going to be flexible, but please try and adhere by the deadline if possible, to ensure publication deadlines are met. Please contact us at AJCCup@ajc.com if you are having any problems.
Q: How is a student’s information used by the AJC?
A: The AJC recognizes these students publicly and the information submitted by the school (accomplishments, photo, etc.) are used to create the lists and stories. The AJC does not collect or publish personal contact information or share or sell school or student information with any third party.
Q: How do I know if the submission was received?
A: The school official who submitted the submission will receive an automatic confirmation message immediately after submission. For any other inquiries, send an email to AJCCup@ajc.com.
Q: Are parents/guardians of the winning students notified in advance their child has been chosen for this honor?
A: That is a decision made by each school. The AJC does not contact the student’s family directly.
Q: Is there a scholarship associated with the AJC Cup?
A: No. The AJC Cup serves as a special recognition of the student’s character and accomplishments, but there is no financial award.
Q: Why does my school not have a winner?
A: We contact all eligible high schools in metro Atlanta by both email and by letter inviting them to participate. If schools do not provide the AJC with winner information by the deadline, they are not included due to production and publication deadlines. In some cases, there are schools that meet the requirements but do not respond to our requests with an honoree.
Q: When will my school receive the trophy?
A: Trophies are sent directly from Suburban Custom Awards. Suburban makes every effort to ensure that submissions received by April 15 will be shipped to arrive in ample time of the school’s graduation/senior event. Please note the trophies are shipped FedEx so we must have a physical address, not a PO Box, to ensure delivery.
Q: How does the student receive their trophy?
A: Each school is responsible for presenting the AJC Cup to its selected student. The presentation process is at the discretion of each school.
Q: Who can I contact with any additional questions?
A: You can send inquiries to AJCCup@ajc.com.