The prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Any young person in grades 5-12 who is a legal resident of any U.S. state or the District of Columbia and who has conducted a volunteer service activity within the 12 months prior to the date of the application. Completed applications need to be submitted to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by the last weekday in October. These organizations are:

* Girl Scout councils
* County 4-H organizations
* American Red Cross chapters
* Affiliates of Hands On Network

(Employees of Prudential, NASSP, or any of its affiliates, and any firm involved in the program, their children, and previous National Honorees are NOT eligible. Previous State Honorees are eligible only if their submitted activities are significantly different from previously honored activities.)

How to Apply for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

If you've made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, you could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow your example. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and NASSP, have honored nearly 100,000 middle and high school students at the local, state, and national level over the past 16 years solely for their volunteer work.

It’s easy to apply:

1.      Navigate to “Apply Now” below, and follow the on-screen instructions.

    2.       Once you have completed your online application, go to the “Certification” page to either email certification instructions to your certifier or to print them out and hand-deliver them. These instructions will enable your certifier to review your application online. This must be done by November 1, 2011. Your certifier can be your school principal or the head of one of these officially designated local organizations: a county 4-H group, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of HandsOn Network.

   3.    Print out the signature page of your application, sign it, have a parent or guardian sign it, and then either mail or scan and upload it to the application site by November 1, 2011.  (If you do not have Internet access, please call 877-525-8491 toll-free to receive a paper form.)

Your certifier may select one or more Local Honorees from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging. All state-level honorees will be announced in February. The top middle level and high school applicant in each state and the District of Columbia, called State Honorees, will receive an unrestricted award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and  an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., next May 5-8. From two to ten runners-up in each state, called Distinguished Finalists, will get bronze medallions. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. Finally, ten of the State Honorees will be named America’s top ten youth volunteers of the year at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2012. These National Honorees will be awarded an additional $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies, and $5,000 grants for the charities of their choice.

In addition, all Local Honorees who have devoted a minimum number of hours to their volunteer activities will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.


Or call (877) 525-8491 toll-free for more information.
Application deadline: November 1, 2011


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