PLEASE READ: SkillsUSA is one of thousands of certifying organizations that participate in the national PVSA program, which is administered by Americorps and Point of Light Foundation. SkillsUSA can only process applications of students who enrolled in a SkillsUSA classroom as part of a CTE class at their middle school, high school, or college. The information on this webpage is for SkillsUSA students, advisors, and state directors only. Only the applications of registered, active SkillsUSA students will be processed by SkillsUSA.
If you are a volunteer, but you do not belong to a SkillsUSA chapter as part of your middle school, high school, or college, visit the official PVSA website for more information: https://presidentialserviceawards.gov/.
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a national honor offered in recognition of sustained volunteer service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes hours served over a 12-month period. As a certifying organization of the PVSA, SkillsUSA members may apply to receive the PVSA through the SkillsUSA national office. Recipients receive:
- an official lapel pin reflecting the Bronze, Silver, or Gold service level.
- a personalized certificate of achievement.
- a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
PVSA recipients frequently include this honor on their resume and on college, scholarship, and job applications!
Award Levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold
Individual active SkillsUSA members (students) as well as SkillsUSA Chapters may apply to receive the PVSA. Award levels are determined by two criteria: the number of hours served, and the student’s age as detailed in the chart below. SkillsUSA Chapter award levels are determined via the “Families & Groups” criteria in the chart below.
Awards Levels – Service Benchmark
* The age category is determined by the age the student was for at least 7 months within the calendar year. For example, if the student was 16 for seven (7) months within the year in question, that person would qualify within the 16-25 age group.
The application deadline for the 2022-2023 year is March 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.
SkillsUSA Chapters may apply for the PVSA here:
Individual SkillsUSA student members may apply for the PVSA here:
Required Application Criteria:
- Applications must be complete and include all required documentation in a legible format.
- Applications must include proof of current SkillsUSA membership. Acceptable documentation includes:
- SkillsUSA member card (current membership year).
- SkillsUSA chapter roster with name(s) of applicant(s) highlighted.
- In 2022-2023, the SkillsUSA’s PVSA application is moving to a digital format. Faxed, mailed, and emailed entries will not be processed.
- All applications must include proof of current SkillsUSA membership.
- For individual applicants: Acceptable documents include a SkillsUSA membership card or the student’s name indicated on the SkillsUSA Chapter Roster.
- For chapter applications: Acceptable documents include a SkillsUSA Chapter Roster with the names of all student-volunteers indicated.
- All applications must include a volunteer service log (individual award) or timesheet (chapter award) that details:
- Each date the applicant performed volunteer service, including location of service.
- The total number of hours for each date of volunteer service reported on the volunteer service log/timesheet.
- If submitting a chapter award, no more than fifty (50) volunteers may contribute hours towards a chapter award.
- The application requires a letter (from each organization that appears on the applicant’s service log or time sheet) verifying the applicant’s volunteer service hours signed by a representative of the organization for which volunteer service was performed. The letter must:
- Be typed on the organization’s letterhead.
- Name the applicant.
- Include the applicant’s term of service and total hours contributed to the organization.
Example: “This letter is to certify that ____________ performed ___ hours of service for Organization Name between the dates of ______ and _______.”
- The application (both individuals and chapters) must include a Letter of Nomination from a SkillsUSA advisor, instructor, or SkillsUSA state director on official letterhead. The letter must be on organizational letterhead and certify that the student-applicant has performed the necessary volunteer hours to be considered for the PVSA.
- If volunteer service involved travel or overnight stay(s), time spent driving/sleeping/off duty are not to be included as service hours towards the PVSA.
- Students whose volunteer service hours are being counted towards a chapter award cannot also apply for an individual award.
- Hours served fulfilling responsibilities as a SkillsUSA local, state, or national officer are not to be included as service hours towards the PVSA.
- SkillsUSA is both ethically and legally bound to honor the service hour and award levels as set forth by the PVSA. Missing data (example: claimed volunteer hours not reflected on time sheet) or unverified data (example: nomination or verification letter on non-letterhead) may result in rejection of the application, or receipt of the PVSA at a lower award level, as only service hours that are appropriately documented and verified will be counted. Before submitting the application, ensure that all data is correct, fully documented, and verified.
If you have additional questions:
SkillsUSA members, advisors and state directors:
Contact Megan Flinn at email@example.com
All others interested in the PVSA should visit the PVSA website at: https://presidentialserviceawards.gov/.
2023 PVSA Recipients
GOLD: Individual Awards
Madeleine Ackermann, Higley High School
Avalon Alexander, River Valley High School
Savanah Bernal, Kofa High School
Jalea Sandoval, Kofa High School
Jan Dwayne Cacnio, Paradise Valley High School
Mia Carlsen, Sahuarita High School
Jennifer Chavez, Kofa High School
Karina Ceniceros, Kofa High School
Natalie Cordova, Kofa High School
Hunter Daniels, Kofa High School
Tej Desai, Paradise Valley High School
Ben Doerksen, Verrado High School
Michael Garcia, Kofa High School
Atharva Goel, Paradise Valley High School
Vaughn Grosse, Kofa High School
Kevin Guenther, River Valley High School
Emily Leon, Kofa High School
Cayla Lloyd, Kofa High School
Brayden Lott, River Valley High School
Amani Montiel, Kofa High School
Shantal Montiel, Kofa High School
Brianna Morales, Kofa High School
Mercedes Morehead, Sahaurita High School
Leon Ortiz, Kofa High School
Sarah Pirone, Verrado High School
Lucio Ramirez Castro, Kofa High School
Ayzia Ramos, Kofa High School
Kamyla Ruiz, San Luis High School
Jenifer Ulloa, San Luis High School
Caitlin Will, Sahuarita High School
Bannon Price, Ashdown High School
Savannah Neldon, Ashdown High School
Chloe Silva, Ashdown High School
Brian Baca, Downey High School
Elaine Barraza, Downey High School
Celeste Corral, Downey High School
Kyara Flores-Mejia, Downey High School
Cooper Kias, Downey High School
Hailey Lutz, Downey High School
Jessica Madrigal, Downey High School
Isabel Martinez, Downey High School
Sasha Mena, Downey High School
Marilyn Menchaca, Downey High School
Arianna Montano, Downey High School
Fidelia Rosales, Downey High School
Kaitlyn Ruiz, Downey High School
Anthony Torrez De La O, Downey High School
Caleb Verstegen, Downey High School
Esmerelda Villegas, Downey High School
Yuliana Zazueta, Downey High School
Luke Yoakum, Leesburg High School
Lamekia Bass, Gwinnett Technical College
Shagufta Khan, Gwinnett Technical College
Claire Kuhl, Alliance Academy for Innovation
Humberto Martinez, Flowery Branch High School
Hunter Claflin, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Jordan Melo, Greater New Bedford Regional Technical High School
Luke Frassel, Jack Britt High School
Samuel Albrecht, Cumberland County Technical Education Center
Aleena Choudhry, County Prep High School; Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST)
Allison Dionisi, Cumberland County Technical Education Center
Daisy Dong, Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Jessy Dong, Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Avi Gupta, The Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Vincent Hitchner, Cumberland County Technical Education Center
Samantha Masih, Sussex County Technical School
Vaanya Salwan, The Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Brandon Neary, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
Sydney Schwenkbeck, Niagara Career and Technical Center
Jack Adkins, Auburn Career Center
Stephen Bentley, Auburn Career Center
Lena Ho, Stebbins High School
Aaron Chen, State College Area High School
Caitlin Lozeau, Burrillville High School
Gerkariah Shine, Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold
Amruta Soma, Prosper High School
GOLD: Chapter Awards
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education: Building Trades and Renovations
Advisor: Travis Black
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education: Law Enforcement & Public Safety Program
Advisor: Jennifer Choate
Ann Marie Barrett
Apple Valley High School
Advisor Name: Kevinz Carpio
Allison Ann De La Llana
Andrew Steven De La Llana
Benjamin Offield Jennings
Mellonie Alexander Wade
Dinuba High School
Advisor: Nikki Ritchie
Gwinnett Technical College Team A
Advisor: Margaret Long
Monica Sifuentes Velazquez
Gwinnett Technical College Team B
Advisor: Margaret Long
Albena Asenova Belal
Gwinnett Technical College Team C
Advisor: Margaret Long
Gwinnett Technical College Team D
Advisor: Margaret Long
Sahng Min Han
Gwinnett Technical College Team E
Advisor: Margaret Long
Jozina (Jody) Cappello
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Advisor: Robert Jordan
Ryan St. Angelo
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Advisor: Jason McCuish
Saydy De Leon Lopez
Dafne Gomez Giron
Joseph Hernandez Najaro
Giselle Vides Perlera
Esteban Cubides Ramirez
Andi Barrios Rodriguez
Josue Merida Rodriguez
Jared Munguia Salazar
Anderson Blanco Zapata
Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School
Advisor: Jessie Kalloo
Advisor: Jennifer Widdig
SILVER: Individual Awards
Seline Kotvis, Kofa High School
Samantha Johnson, Higley High School
Eeshaan Varshith Malladi, Paradise Valley High School
Reagan Burden, Ashdown High School
Caroline Silva, Ashdown High School
Richard Carlos, Downey High School
Jaylen Espe, Downey High School
Gabriela Govea, Downey High School
Travis Licon, Downey High School
Valerie Medrano, Downey High School
Lily Boguslavsky, Somerset Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Elizabeth Hughes, Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School
Thomas Williamson, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School
Blair Kephart, Niagara Career and Technical Education
Justin Barclay, Penta Career Center Criminal Justice Chapter 3144 (OE # 67269)
SILVER: Chapter Awards
Vanguard Sentinel CTC – Sentinel Campus
Advisor: Jeff Smith
Bronze: Individual Awards
Rocky Angulo, Kofa High School
Irene Garcia, Kofa High School
Keymon Hollis, Sahuarita High School
Liam Hossack, Higley High School
Diana Anguiano, Downey High School
Samantha Cerda, Downey High School
Ahilyn Cumplido Valencia, Downey High School
Ciara Felix, Downey High School
Skylar Larid, Downey High School
Adrian Marquez, Downey High School
Hannah Munoz, Downey High School
Fidercio Parra, Downey High School
Jacob Vera, Downey High School
Zariah Jones, California Virtual Academies (CAVA) @ SCP Chapter
Mehir Shah, Metea Valley High School
Jaidyn Craig, Whittier Regional Technical High School
Kayla Mathieu, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
Emma Shaker, Diman Regional Technical High School
Nia Rodrigues, Greater New Bedford Regional Technical High School
Rohan Yalamanchili, Milard North High School
Jennifer Levy, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Logan Senning, Auburn Career Center
Camryn Shupe, Wylie High School
Hayden Cheng, Lamar Consolidated High School
Ira Roy, Melissa High School