ACT-SO Rules and Regulations

Eligibility of each contestant

Be of African decent
​Be enrolled in grades 9-12

Be a citizen or a legal resident of the United States

Be an amateur (having not received wages for professional services) in any category of competition



A contestant may enter up to three (3) categories.

Each contestant must submit one project per category.


NOTE: Each local ACT-SO program may only submit one entry per category at the National Competition. 


Each contestant is responsible for the transportation and storage of their projects (all projects should be easily transportable.)Each contestant must conform to the space requirements as dictated by each category.


All National contestants must submit to their local NAACP ACT-SO the following items:

A typed national application

A 1 or 2 page autobiography

A parent's consent form

A medical release form

A media release form

A photograph with name of the contestant and branch printed on the back (no larger than 5"x7")

A verification form for science categories


Six copies of student's science or humanities entries


Look at Respective Categories below for Guidelines:


       The Sciences                                   The Humanities

       The Performing Arts                        The Visual Arts

       Business                                           STEM



ACT-SO participants may want to consider applying for a patent or copyright to protect their work (i.e. science, humanities).


You may contact the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Patent Office, at:

(800) 786-9199 for Patent information

or the Library of Congress at (202) 707-3000 for copyright information.





Local ACT-SO Committee
The Beaver County NAACP ACT-SO Committee is responsible for conducting the local competitions.


The Beaver County NAACP ACT-SO committee has many responsibilities:


Conducting planning meetings 

Recruit sponsors and other community support

Recruit students and mentors in the fall

Assist coaches and students in the development of projects that are competitive and will benefit our youth

Select qualified judges for the local competition 

Organize the local competition event

Oversee the winners’ submission to and participation in the national competition. 


If you are interested in volunteering for an Beaver County NAACP ACT-SO committee,
you may contact The Beaver County NAACP ACT-SO Chairperson Mr. Carter Spruill:


Coaches may be teachers, parents, university professors, professionals, or any person with expertise in one of the competition area listed in these guidelines. Coaches need to be willing to devote at least one hour per week to guiding, advising and supporting their students’ efforts.



Judges are degreed professionals or employed professionals in the category that they are judging. Judges are responsible for selecting the best among the submissions in accordance with the judging criteria. Local judges may not serve as judges at the National Competitions.



Students are, of course, the very heart of ACT-SO. They must strictly follow the criteria explained in the rules & regulations. Every participant is encouraged to become an NAACP youth member.



Sponsors provide financial and equipment resources, as well as human resources to lend technical expertise during the local and national competitions.