Since 1977, the awards have celebrated outstanding high school seniors in 13 categories including: Art, Athletics, Citizenship, Drama, English Literature, Industrial/ Vocational, Journalism/Marketing & Communication, Math, Music, Science, Social Science, Technology and World Languages. Those seniors were nominated by their schools and then judged by local experts in their category of nomination. The winner in each category receives recognition at an annual award show, a Golden Eagle trophy, and a $1,000 scholarship. Historically, another 13 honorable mentions are selected, who each receive a certificate and $300 prize. Now, in it's 43rd year, United Way of Central Georgia will continue the longstanding Golden Eagle Awards tradition in Central Georgia.