Recognition and Ceremonies
One of the 7th Grade Talent Search's most important benefits is recognition. We celebrate academic achievement at a time in life when it's essential to foster a love of learning and teach students to take pride in their scholastic accomplishments. Students are recognized for participating in the talent search with a certificate of merit, given opportunities to submit their work for publication, profiled in Insights for their state- and national-level achievements, and may be invited to special ceremonies in honor of their exceptionally high scores on the ACT or SAT.
In addition, you can use our press release template (Word) to notify your local press that your child qualified for the 7th Grade Talent Search.
Each spring, Duke TIP holds special award ceremonies to honor students who took the ACT or SAT through Duke TIP and who meet certain score thresholds on the tests. They and their families are invited so they can celebrate their gifted scholars together.
Details about the events
The ceremonies are similar to graduation ceremonies. They are hosted on college and university campuses, include a keynote address, and honorees walk across the stage to receive a commemorative medal. Typically, the ceremonies last an hour and a half, and some ceremonies include optional events before and after to learn about the host campus, including tours, seminars, and receptions.
Ceremonies are held in May and early June. Students must test before the end of March to attend a ceremony, so be sure to enroll accordingly if the ceremony is important to you. Unfortunately, we don't receive scores from tests taken after March in time to invite those students to ceremonies. However, we mail a medal in the summer to students who don't test in time to attend a ceremony but who receive qualifying scores.
We send invitations and RSVP information to qualifying students in April. That information will let you know which ceremonies you are being invited to attend, and will contain details about RSVPs, optional activities, and more.
Please dress comfortably for the weather and activities. You will be walking across a stage area to receive your award. There is always a wide range of clothing styles from dressy to casual, and we respect your family's decision about appropriate attire.
Every year, Duke TIP holds at least one state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest enrollments. Currently, that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Some states have more than one ceremony; if that’s true of your state, we will invite you to one close to your home (though space limitations mean it may not necessarily be the closest). Students qualify for the state ceremonies by earning scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests—about 35 percent of TIP students meet that criteria. To qualify for the 2017–2018 school year, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
|English ≥ 22||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 550|
|Math ≥ 22|
|Reading ≥ 23||Math ≥ 540|
|Science ≥ 22|
Students who cannot attend their ceremonies will be mailed their medals in the summer.
You can use our State Recognition Ceremony press release template (Word) to let your local press know your child qualified for this event.
Get the details about this year's State Recognition Ceremonies.
Each year Duke TIP hosts the grand ceremony at Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants with the highest ACT or SAT scores.
To qualify for the Grand Recognition Ceremony, students must earn scores that are approximately equal to the 90th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests—that includes about 4 percent of TIP students. To qualify for the 2017–2018 school year, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
|English ≥ 31||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 670|
|Math ≥ 29|
|Reading ≥ 31||Math ≥ 680|
|Science ≥ 28|
You can use our Grand Recognition Ceremony press release template (Word) to let your local press know your child qualified for this event.
Get the details about this year's Grand Recognition Ceremony.
Choosing which ceremony to attend
Students who qualify for the Grand Recognition Ceremony are invited to attend both the grand and state ceremonies. At the state ceremonies, they will be called to the stage a second time to receive special recognition.
If they can only attend their state ceremony, they will receive both their state and grand medals there; otherwise, they will receive the medals at each respective ceremony. Students who choose to attend only the grand ceremony will be mailed their state medals in the summer, and those who cannot attend either will be mailed both medals.
William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholarship
Students who participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search and score exceptionally well on their above-level test may be eligible to receive a William and Dorothy C. Bevan scholarship.
In 2018, the William and Dorothy C. Bevan scholarship will be awarded to the two 7th Grade Talent Search students who have the highest combined SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math score, as well as to the two students who have the highest ACT Composite score. These scholars will be recognized at Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University, as well as at their respective State Recognition Ceremonies. With this award, they will receive a full scholarship to attend TIP’s Center for Summer Studies.
To be considered for a William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholarship, students must take either the ACT or SAT through Duke TIP by the end of February. Should the student test on more than one test date within that timeframe, only the first set of scores received will be used. Scholarships are usable at either term of the program during the summer of the awarding year or during the following summer. The scholarship will be forfeited if not used by the end of the second summer.
Winners of these scholarships are notified of their award in March.
Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.