The Singapore Youth Award was given to six individuals for their contribution to the society on Sunday at the Istana.
The six recipients were selected from 107 nominees, the most number of nominations received in the past five years.
The winners include paralympian Laurentia Tan, 33; non-profit group Halogen Foundation co-founder Martin Tan, 35; scientist Juliana Maria Chan, 29; musician Muhammad Riduan, 27; national netball player Jean Ng, 34 and arts and drama teacher Koh Hui Ling, 33.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean was the guest of honour at the event. The award, which is in its 38th year, is administered by the National Youth Council.
Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said that he hopes that the recipients would be "role models" and urged young people to pursue their dreams in diverse fields, not just in academic.