Each semifinalist will be interviewed by a panel selected by Operation Homefront Awards will be chosen by a panel of judges. Booz Allen Hamilton will judge competitors for the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation.
Every winner will be flown to Washington, D.C. along with a parent or guardian to receive the award from high-ranking military leaders.
According to a press release, six Military Child of the Year Award winners ages 8 to 18, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, will receive $10,000 each. They will be selected based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement. A seventh award, open to teenagers age 13-18 will be chosen as the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. They will earn $10,000 and a mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or to advance the winner's project.
Jeffrey Burds, then a senior at Lejeune High School, won the Navy award as a 2016 Military Child of the Year last March.
More information about the Military Child of the Year Awards is available at www.militarychildoftheyear.org.