The 2006 Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize
students in middle and high school grades who have demonstrated exemplary
community service. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial
in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP), are presented annually on the local, state and national level.
How does the program work?
In September, application forms and instructions are sent to all U.S. middle
level and high schools, and to these officially designated local organizations:
Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs,
and member Volunteer Centers of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center
National Network. Each participating school/organization collects applications
from interested students/members by October 31, 2005, then selects one middle
level Local Honoree for every 1,000 students or members in grades 5-8, and/or
one high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students or members in grades 9-12.
From these winners, the top high school and middle level youth volunteer in
each state and the District of Columbia are named State Honorees in early
February. Finally, ten of these State Honorees are named America's top ten youth
volunteers of the year by a distinguished national selection committee at a
special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May.
What do honorees receive?
- Local Honorees receive Certificates of Achievement from their schools or
organizations. Those who qualify also receive the President's Volunteer
Service Award, recognizing their efforts to answer the President's Call to
- State Honorees receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an
all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. in May
for several days of recognition events, including award ceremonies,
sight-seeing tours, and Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.
- Distinguished Finalists (runners-up at the state level) receive engraved
- Other top applicants at the state level receive Certificates of
- National Honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions,
and crystal trophies for their schools or organizations. They also will
receive $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable
organizations of their choice.
Who is eligible?
Any student who:
- is in grades 5-12 as of October 31, 2005, in any state or the District of
- has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after
September 1, 2004
- completes an application and submits it to a school principal or the head
of an officially designated local organization by October 31, 2005
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