The construct of gifted motivation was examined in a contemporary, long-term, longitudinal investigation. Adolescents with extremely high academic intrinsic motiavation (i.e., gifted motivaion) were compared to their cohort peer comparison on a variety of educationally relevant measures from elementary school through the early adulthood years, Assessment of academic intrinsic motivation was based on the Children's Academic Instrinsic Motivation Inventory. Cross-time, pervasive differences resulted favoring the gifted motivation compared to the cohort comparison group on motivation, achievement, classroom functioning, intellectual performanc, self-concept, and postsecondary educational progress, Meaningful effect sizes were obtained and coorroborated by teachers' observations. Gifted motivation proved to be distinct from gifted intelligence. Thus research serves to expand the definition of giftdness to include the construct of gifted motivation in its own right. These findings have implications for identifying students with gifted motivation for entry into programs for the gifted.