According to their website, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards “is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.” Created in 1995, the program awards outstanding middle and high school student volunteers. There are multiple awards levels and categories a the local, state and national level. The Prudential Spirit of Community program recognizes young people who’ve made a difference and inspire others with their actions. The program is open to countries where Prudential has presence, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil.
Who is eligible to apply for the Prudential Sprit of Community Awards?
- be in grades 5-12 as of November 5
- be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
- have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
What are the Prudential Sprit of Community Awards worth?
There are multiple awards given. See below for the breakdown:
Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organization. Those Local Honorees who qualify (26 hours of service for ages 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15, and 100 hours for older students) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.
State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.
National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.
When is the Prudential Sprit of Community Awards Application due?
The completed application is due November 10, 2020.
For a program overview, click here.
Best of luck to all the inspirational volunteers who apply!