When I was in 9th grade, I applied for the 2018 Emperor Science Award. This award was open for 10th and 11th grade students. Students had to write an essay about cancer and their plans for research. 2018 was also the last year they offered the award.
The 100 recipients got to do a 12 week research internship with a mentor. I didn't think I would get it, but I did. I got partnered with my mentor, and they realized I was a freshman so my internship was postponed by 1 year. I did a 12 week internship during the summer of my sophomore year (summer 2019).
I have the certificate of completion and a couple news outlets made an article about it once I finished my research.
Should I list the 2018 Emperor Science Award in my awards and honors in my college application? Would colleges think I'm bluffing or I cheated since they know it was offered for sophomores and juniors at the time, and that 2018 was the last year it was offered? I have the certificate of completion and they can look me up to see that I did do it.