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How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 awards are now closed.

By November 10, 2020, students must:

  • Complete the application
  • Complete the student/parent agreement
  • Go to the "certification'" tab on the application, then email or print and deliver instructions for your certifier 
    • Certifiers can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.

By November 20, 2020, certifiers must:

  • Review all applications for your school or organization
  • Select and certify top candidates for state-level judging

How the program works

In the United States, each program year begins in September, when information and application instructions are mailed to all middle-level and high schools in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and to local chapters of five officially designated local organizations: Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA and a Points of Light Global Network member.

Local Honorees are selected at participating schools and organizations in November. From these winners, an independent judging organization – International Scholarship and Tuition Services – names the top volunteers in each state and Washington, D.C. Results are announced in February

Ten National Honorees are then chosen by a panel of prominent public figures, and announced in early May at a special ceremony.