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Program Overview

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

Thus far, it has recognized more than 115,000 young people who've made a difference - and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.

The Spirit of Community Awards program also honors youth volunteers in countries outside the U.S. where Prudential has a significant presence: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil.

  1. 1. Eligibility

    To be eligible, you must:

    • be in grades 5-12 as of November 8
    • 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
    • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 8.
  2. 2. Timeline

    November 8, 2016: Student application deadline

    November 18, 2016: Deadline for schools and officially designated local organizations to certify Local Honorees for state-level judging

    February 7, 2017: Judging results announced by NASSP and Prudential

    May 6-9, 2017: National recognition events in Washington, D.C.

  3. 3. Awards

    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.