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.

Recipients can receive an official lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the president.

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 April 3.

Materials must be sent as one complete package and received (not postmarked) no later than April 3. 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 2017, candidates must have performed hours within a single consecutive 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2016, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

1.  Coversheet for individual

a. your name
b. age
c. home address
d. total hours
e. school name
f. chapter advisor’s name
g. school address
h. advisor’s email address

Coversheet for team awards

a. Team name
b. Total number of people on the team
c. total team hours
d. school name
e. chapter advisor’s name
f. school address
g. 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.)

  • 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.

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

A. 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 hours do not count.)
B. 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
C. 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 2017, candidates must have performed hours within a single 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2016, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by April 3, 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.

Mail entries to:
Heidi Walsh
SkillsUSA
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176

Entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 3.

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, 2016 and March 31, 2017)

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.

2016 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President’s Service Award for 2016:

Individual Awards

Arizona

Kofa High School
Angie Bojorquez (Bronze)
Aliyah Bradford (Gold)
Regina Diaz (Bronze)
Denise Dimas (Bronze)
Lilliana Espino (Bronze)
Daniela Franco (Bronze)
Jessica Godinez (Gold)
Dat Huynh (Bronze)
Elide Gutierrez (Bronze)
Marin Mosqueda (Gold)
Francisco Negrete Jr. (Bronze)
William Ortiz (Gold)
Alexia Quintero (Bronze)
Patricia Quezada (Gold)
Karina Rodriguez (Gold)
Sirley Sanchez (Gold)
Jonathan Vega (Gold)

River Valley High School
Morgan Davis (Gold)
Destiny Martin (Bronze)

California

Downey High School
Amy Campoy (Gold)
Keara Cole (Gold)
Valerie Cortez (Gold)
Samantha Galindo (Gold)
Kristianna Gastelum (Gold)
Betzayda Martir (Gold)
Genesis Leslie Martinez (Gold)
Amber Roa (Bronze)
Luckey Sarei (Gold)
Mandy Siordia (Gold)

La Mirada High School
Cindy Martinez (Silver)
Alyssa Morales (Gold)

Sierra Pacific High School
Kavn Singh Aulakh (Gold)

Valley Charter High School
Tina Collier (Silver)
Steven Cooper (Silver)
Alexis Madrigal (Gold)
Gerardo Madrigal (Gold)
Jose Reyes (Gold)
Emily Reynoso (Gold)

Connecticut

H.C. Wilcox Technical High School
Hector Cardona (Gold)

Florida

Manatee Technical College
Craig DeToma (Gold)

Georgia

Harris County High School
Erica Castro (Bonze)
Lauren E. Smith (Bronze)

Hawaii

Waipahu High School
Sydney Millerd (Bronze)

Illinois

Collinsville High School
Hannah Geppert (Gold)

Maine

Hancock County Technical Center
Cindy Thielen (Bronze)

Massachusetts

Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School
Stacey Muanya (Silver)

Cape Cod Technical High School
Seana Aiolupotea (Bronze)
Joanne Moorehead (Silver)
Joshua Moorehead (Gold)
Katrina Moorehead (Silver)

Essex Technical High School
Prabhjyot Kaur (Bronze)

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Corey Teves (Gold)

Medford Vocational Technical High School
Issac Cardoso (Bronze)

Minuteman Technical High School
Michaela Ganimian (Gold)

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Kayla Gerry (Gold)
Grace Kirrane (Bronze)

Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School
Nicolas Troisi (Silver)

Southeastern Regional Technical High School
Arlette Dervil (Silver)

New Jersey

Somerset County Academy of Medical Science
Khushma Parekh (Gold)

Sussex County Technical School
Patricia Donovan (Bronze)

New York

Capital Region Career and Technical School Schoharie Center
Matthew Landis (Bronze)

Ohio

Buckeye Hills Career Center
Ryan Lambert (Bronze)
Morgan Roush (Bronze)

Penta Career Center
Ethan Lee Biller (Bronze)
Jesse McHugh Podlak (Bronze)
Noah William Robleski (Bronze)

Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Stephanie J. Gwin (Silver)

Willoughby-Eastlake Career Academy
Victor L. Alimo (Gold)
Chad M. Barnes (Gold)
Justin L. Brown (Gold)
Jeffrey M. Carroll (Gold)
John M. Coffey (Gold)
Alexandria H. Hajek (Gold)
Joseph Hamper (Gold)
Roger N. Hupp (Gold)
Joseph W. Jarmuszkiewicz (Gold)
Darjahn Xavier Lee Jordan (Gold)
Colin M. Koch (Gold)
James E. Koenig (Gold)
Nikolas A. Land (Gold)
Joshua C. Langhoff (Gold)
Michael J. Logar (Gold)
Nicholas M. LoPorto (Gold)
Matthew D. McCollister (Gold)
Hunter J. McGrath (Gold)
Dylan McLaughlin (Gold)
Michael M. Moore (Gold)
Joseph B. Moran (Gold)
Samuel E. Niemczura (Gold)
Zane M. O’Hara (Gold)
Marcus J. Phinizee (Gold)
Thomas R. J. Potts (Gold)
Jaden R. Prall (Gold)
William F. Rapp (Gold)
Ethan R. Riley (Gold)
Connor R. Roberts (Gold)
Richard P. Rutledge (Gold)
Alex A. Sari (Gold)
Erik T. Seaber (Gold)
Elek S. Shepherd (Gold)
John W. Skorupski (Gold)
Preston J.T. Stillisano (Gold)
Connor A. Stump (Gold)
Austin J. Troeter (Gold)
Benjamin C. Vincent (Gold)
Austin J. Ward (Gold)
Phillip M. Yates (Gold)
Timothy W. Zdesar (Gold)

Texas

A&M Consolidated High School
Kelly Krenek (Gold)

Westwood High School
Gayeon Kim (Silver)
Shaili Mehta (Gold)

Team Awards

Arkansas

GHS Graphic Communications SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold)

Florida

SkillsUSA Florida 2015-2016 State Officers (Silver)

Georgia

Apalachee High School SkillsUSA (Bronze)

Illinois

SkillsUSA Illinois State Officer Team (Silver)

Massachusetts

Plymouth Technical Studies (Silver)
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Gold)

New Mexico

SkillsUSA Hobbs High School (Gold)

New York

Thomas A. Edison CTE High School SkillsUSA (Bronze)

Ohio

Buckeye Hills Career Center Culinary Class (Silver)
Sentinel Public Safety 2016 (Gold)
Criminal Justice Program Vanguard Tech Center (Gold)
Public Safety Academy EHOVE Career Center (Gold)

Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech SkillsUSA Criminal Justice Chapter (Gold)

Tennessee

SkillsUSA/TCAT Nashville Community Service Committee (Bronze)
Tennessee Postsecondary Executive Committee (Gold)
Morgan County Career & Tech Center (Gold)
TCAT Chattanooga Volunteer Team (Gold)

Texas

A&M Consolidated High School Chapter 3561 (Gold)

Virginia

2015-2016 SkillsUSA National Officer Team (Gold)