In communities across the country, middle and high school students are making meaningful contributions through volunteering – and The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards wants to shine a spotlight on their service.
The November 7 deadline is fast approaching for young volunteers in grades 5-12 to apply for local, state and national recognition – and cash awards of up to $5,000 – through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit or by calling 855-670-4787.
The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Over the past 22 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 120,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.
How to Apply
To apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:
- Students complete the online application by November 7, 2017.
- Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
- Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 17, 2017.
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. (Students can request a paper application by calling 855-670-4787.)
The 2018 Awards Program
On February 6, 2018, the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees. They will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from April 28-May 1, 2018.
In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
Several Distinguished Finalists in each state will receive bronze medallions, and runners-up will receive Certificates of Excellence. Local Honorees selected by schools and participating organizations for state-level judging will be presented with Certificates of Achievement; they will also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards if they have served the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (26 hours for age 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15 and 100 hours for older students).