President’s Volunteer Service Award

PVSA Service usually springs from selflessness, but the president of the United States wants to recognize volunteers just the same. That’s why the Presidential Volunteer Service Award was created, a national honor offered in recognition of sustained service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups who have achieved a certain standard — measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization for these awards. Recipients can receive an official lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

To apply for the award, candidates must document their volunteer activities and the number of hours served. This record of service may be a diary, calendar or timesheet with proof of service documented and verified by an agency representative.

Candidates must submit a letter of nomination from one of the following: the direct supervisor/agency representative working with the candidate, a school administrator, school SkillsUSA advisor or state SkillsUSA director. Proof of SkillsUSA membership must also be submitted.

Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the President’s Volunteer Service Award to reach the bronze, silver or gold levels of service.

SkillsUSA Requirements and Submission Items for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

REQUIREMENTS MAY HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION THOROUGHLY AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. See the FAQ section.

INCORRECT OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION WILL BE RETURNED. SEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Deadline: Applications must be received (not postmarked) by March 30.

Materials must be sent as one complete package and received (not postmarked) no later than March 30. No exceptions will be made.

Emailed or faxed entries will not be accepted. Do not send incomplete submissions.

To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June 2018, candidates must have performed hours within a single consecutive 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2017, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

1. Coversheet for individual

  • your name
  • age
  • home address
  • total hours
  • school name
  • chapter advisor’s name
  • school address
  • advisor’s email address

Coversheet for team awards

  • Team name
  • Total number of people on the team
  • total team hours
  • school name
  • chapter advisor’s name
  • school address
  • advisor’s email address

TEAM AWARDS: A timesheet of days/hours and proper verification of individual hours for EACH TEAM MEMBER must be included with a team submission. Team is defined as 2-50 people. Maximum number of people on a team is 50. (See below.) Each team member must have at least of 25 hours.

  • If you are submitting hours as part of a team, you cannot apply for an individual award.
  • If you are submitting hours as an individual, you cannot be part of a team award.
  • For team awards, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more, and each team member must submit timesheets and verification as part of the team submission.

2. Candidates must submit a documented record of volunteer activities and hours served. This record of service may be a diary, calendar or timesheet.

  • If your service involved over night stays, such as volunteering at a summer camp, only direct contact hours/hours on task may be counted. (Sleeping and driving hours do not count.)
  • Your time log must reflect each day you volunteered and the hours served on those days. (Range of dates with total hours are not acceptable. For example: February 1-15, 2014, 40 hours or June 2014-March 2015, 200 hours.)
  • Hours served fulfilling your responsibilities as a local, state or national officer do not count for the PVSA (volunteer activities performed while an officer are acceptable).

3. A letter from every agency, organization, school, church, etc., (on their letterhead) where you volunteered must accompany your time sheet and be signed by an agency representative verifying your hours. Verifying letters must be on the organization’s letterhead.

4. Candidates must submit a letter of nomination from one of the following: the direct supervisor/agency representative working with the candidate, a school administrator, school SkillsUSA advisor or SkillsUSA state director.

5. Proof of SkillsUSA membership must be submitted. Proof of membership can be a copy of a membership roster, your membership card, a certificate or verification from your school SkillsUSA advisor or state director.

6. Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. (See below.)

7. To qualify to receive the PVSA from SkillsUSA in June 2018, candidates must have performed hours within a single 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2017, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by March 30, SkillsUSA will verify all records and confirm that the candidate has completed the number of service hours in good standing as required to earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Faxed or Emailed entries are not accepted. Mail entries to:

Heidi Walsh
SkillsUSA
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
Entries must be received (not postmarked) by March 30.

For questions, call: 703-737-0615; or email: hwalsh@skillsusa.org.

More information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program is available at: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

Service Hours Requirements

(any consecutive 12 months between Jan. 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018)

Young Adults (Ages 16 to 25)
100 to 174 hours (Bronze)
175 to 249 hours (Silver)
250 hours or more (Gold)
4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)

Adults (26 and older)
100 to 249 hours (Bronze)
250 to 499 hours (Silver)
500 hours or more (Gold)
4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)

Families and Groups (two to 50 people)*
200 to 499 hours (Bronze)
500 to 999 hours (Silver)
1000 hours or more (Gold)

* In families and groups, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more and each team member must submit timesheets and verification as part of the team submission.

2017 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President’s Service Award for 2017:

Individual Awards

Arizona

Kofa High School
Melodie Arellano (Gold)
Rabia Khan (Gold)

River Valley High School
Devon Birka (Gold)
Kirah Caraveau (Bronze)
Taylor Evans (Bronze)
Alexys Flores (Bronze)
Alexis Grammatico (Bronze)
Brenda Jackson (Lifetime)
Alysa Kagleyt (Bronze)
Tinda Richins (Gold)
Ashlee Silgailis (Silver)
Simon Winokur (Bronze)
Logen Wooten (Gold)

Snowflake High School
Taylor Lopez (Gold)

California

Downey High School
Madeleine Bray (Gold)
Alissa Camarena (Gold)
Diana Castellanos (Gold)
Maria Castillo (Gold)
Valerie Cortez (Gold)
Michelle Hope Danilo (Gold)
Krystalee Delgado (Gold)
Daisy Farias (Gold)
Bernice Galindo (Silver)
Leslie Garcia (Gold)
Elizabeth Gomez (Gold)
Kendra Gonzalez (Silver)
Desiree Guajardo (Gold)
Gabriela Guzman (Gold)
Elizabeth Haught (Bronze)
Tatiana Renee Hernandez (Gold)
Hazel Mendez (Gold)
Rene Mendez (Gold)
Stephanie Orozco (Gold)
Jocelyn Palacio (Gold)
Gisselle Rodriguez (Gold)
Nicholas Paul Saldana (Gold)
Dhagami Vazquez (Bronze)
Madeline Yepez (Gold)

La Mirada High School
Joanna E. Arce (Gold)

Sierra Pacific High School
Kavn Singh Aulakh (Gold)

Valley Charter High School
Sebastian Banthos (Bronze)
Santos Candelario (Gold)
Sophia Letendre (Gold)
Gerardo Madrigal (Silver)
DonnaJewel Ring (Gold)

Florida

Liberty High School
Rosajunely Cartagena (Gold)

Manatee Technical College
Craig De Toma (Lifetime)
Matthew Vreman (Gold)

Suncoast Technical College
Cynthia Aguilera (Silver)

Louisiana

Louis Miller Terrebonne Career and Technical High School
Zachary Pledger (Gold)
Hunter Rodrigue (Gold)

Massachusetts

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Karimah Land (Bronze)

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Adam Beal (Bronze)
Seth Hidenfelter (Bronze)
Phoenix Stroh (Gold)

Essex Technical High School
Mathew Cunha (Bronze)

Greater Lowell Technical High School
Daniel Cornellier (Bronze)
Mackenzie Gomes (Bronze)
Lindsey Stasi (Bronze)

Greater New Bedford Regional Technical High School
Nathan Andrade (Gold)
Madisyn Bozarth (Bronze)
Christian A. McLeod (Gold)

Minuteman Regional High School
Collin Kelly (Silver)

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School
Grace Kirrane (Bronze)

Plymouth South High School
Lillian Backlund (Bronze)

Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School
Siobhan Reidy (Gold)

Southeastern Regional Technical High School
Arlette Dervil (Bronze)

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Olivia MacFarlane (Bronze)

Missouri

Carthage Technical Center
Makayla Donham (Bronze)
Jhonny Granadeno (Silver)
Jennifer Hinojoza (Bronze)
Dylan Jones (Gold)

New Jersey

Somerset County Academy of Medical Sciences
Ann Marie Masiello (Gold)
Brianna Broderick (Gold)
Janum Shah (Gold)

New York

Adirondack Central High School
Isabella Abelbeck (Gold)
Mason Pfendler (Silver)

Ralph R. McKee CTE High School
Joseph Mendoza (Bronze)

Ohio

Northern Career Institute Willoughby Campus
Victor Alimo (Gold)
Brant Bencina (Gold)
Kamron Bryant (Silver)
Matthew Caine (Silver)
Jeffery Carroll (Gold)
Dylon Chmura (Gold)
John Coffey (Gold)
Jackson Ellis (Silver)
Andrew Erickson (Gold)
Jared Frans (Gold)
Alexandria Hajek (Gold)
John Hunt (Gold)
Joey Jarmuszkiewicz (Gold)
Dar ‘Jahn Jordan (Gold)
Nicholas LoPorto (Gold)
Jonathan Luck (Silver)
Matthew Mcollister (Gold)
Joseph Moran (Gold)
Edward Parsh (Gold)
Evan Penicka (Silver)
Jaden Prall (Gold)
Ethan Riley (Gold)
Erik Seaber (Gold)
Nicholas Simon (Gold)
Phillip Yates (Gold)

Penta Career Center
Douglas Bergman (Gold)
Zachary Bernhard (Silver)
Chance Dusseau (Bronze)
Ian Eppink (Bronze)
Hannah Fairchild (Gold)
Lucas Harmon (Bronze)
Alexi Kruse (Silver)
Mark Lawson (Bronze)
Brad Rhegness (Gold)
Joseph Sauber (Gold)
Tyler Struffolino (Bronze)
Nicholas Thompson (Gold)

Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Stephanie Gwin (Gold)

Tennessee

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro
Star Sanford (Bronze)

Texas

KISD Career Center
Skylar Vanderberg (Silver)
Tayaunus Winston (Bronze)

Porter High School
Lizetthe Moreno (Gold)

Virginia

Greensvile County High School
Samantha Dickens (Gold)

West Virginia

Wayne High School
Kyle Powers (Gold)

Team Awards

National Officer Team (Gold)

Georgia

Apalachee High School SkillsUSA (Bronze)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College SkillsUSA (Silver)

Massachusetts

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Gold)
Plymouth South High School SkillsUSA (Gold)

New Mexico

Hobbs High School (Gold)

New York

Bohlen Technical Center Advisors (Silver)
Bohlen Technical Center Student Members (Gold)

Ohio

Public Safety 2016-2017 (Gold)

Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech SkillsUSA Criminal Justice Chapter (Gold)

Rhode Island

The Four C’s of PCTA (Silver)

Tennessee

Tennessee Postsecondary Executive Committee (Silver)
TCAT Chattanooga Officer Team (Gold)
TCAT Chattanooga Volunteer Team (Gold)
TCAT-Harriman (Silver)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jacksboro Student Government Leadership (Gold)

Texas

A&M Consolidated High School Chapter 3561 (Gold)