The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created to recognize students in middle and high school grades who have demonstrated exemplary community service. After students fill out applications online and submit them to their principals, schools select their top youth volunteers, present them with certificates, and recognize them as role models for all of their students. Each school’s top applicant receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award and is evaluated by a state-level judging panel, which selects the top middle level and high school candidate in each state. These State Honorees win unrestricted awards of $1,000, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events, including spectacular award ceremonies, celebrity speakers, a Potomac River dinner cruise, and Senate visits on Capitol Hill. Hundreds of other state-level honorees receive bronze medallions or special certificates. Honorees also typically receive considerable public recognition by peers and community leaders, news coverage in local media, and commendations from elected officials.
For more information, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or http://www.principals.org/prudential. November 2, 2009 is the deadline for students to complete applications online, fax the signed signature page and submit printout of application to your school principal.