James O’Donnell, of Cantraybridge College and volunteer for a local nursery, was highly commended in the bright spark category which recognises and rewards a young person excelling in the social care sector.
The judges noted "his great attitude and determination" and said he was an asset to the service.
"I feel delighted about winning the award," he said. "I like to inspire people with learning difficulties. The event has been brilliant and I really am just so delighted."