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 29. 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 2019, candidates must have performed hours within a single consecutive 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2018, 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 2019, candidates must have performed hours within a single 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2018, do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by March 29, 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:

Stephanie Bland
SkillsUSA
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
Entries must be received (not postmarked) by March 29.

For questions, call: 703-737-0622; or email: sbland@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, 2018 and March 30, 2019)

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.

2018 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President’s Service Award for 2018:

Individual Awards

Arizona

Kofa High School
Yesenia Lizarraga (Gold)

River Valley High School
Klarysa Munoz  (Bronze)

California

Downey High School
Veronica Amezcua (Gold)
Victoria Starr Andres (Gold)
Belen Astorga (Gold)
Katya Castro (Gold)
Davina Ileen Chavez (Gold)
Sydnee Flores (Gold)
Dayanara Lucio (Gold)
Marysol Morales (Gold)
Angela  Moreno (Gold)
Dianna Navarro (Gold)
Sunny Lopez Rendon (Gold)
Anali Rodriguez (Gold)
Paulina Sandoval (Gold)

Warren High School
Karen Palencia (Gold)
Layla Sermeno  (Gold)
Debbie Ilene Silva (Gold)
Ashlyn Spaziano (Gold)
Aimee  Torrez (Silver)
Viviana Varguez (Gold)

Florida

Lyman High School
Kaitlyn Bowman (Gold)

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Adam Beal (Bronze)
Lauren Brown (Bronze)
Seth Hidenfelter (Bronze)

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Kacie Bento (Gold)
Nicole Bliss (Gold)
Jenna Hebert (Gold)
Samantha McGill (Gold)
Chelsea Simpkin (Silver)

Minnesota

Red Wing High School
Cayanne Korder (Silver)

Missouri

Carthage Technical Center
Fernanda Castro Hidalgo (Gold)
Dylan Jones (Gold)
Samuel Israel (Bronze)

Nebraska

Grand Island Senior High
Andrew Alcala (Bronze)

New Jersey

Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Kiyoshi Woods (Silver)

Sussex County Technical School
Sierra Rose Walsh (Gold)

The Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Omar Khasawneh (Gold)
Michelle Masiello (Bronze)

Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School
Jessica  D’Agostino (Gold)

Somerset County Academy of Medical Science
Dhruv Gupta (Gold)

New York

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

Ohio

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

Oregon

Sabin Schellenberg Center
Sam Freshner (Gold)

Texas

Porter High School
Christina Marie Bess (Gold)
Sydney Busby (Gold)
Makenna Eccles (Gold)
James W. Hendrix, Jr. (Bronze)

Westwood High School
Janice Oh (Gold)
Margaret Seo (Gold)

North Lamar High School
Sayek Shafiq (Gold)

Vermont

Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
Samuel Irion (Gold)

Virginia

Stafford Senior High School
Jennifer Spow (Gold)

Greenville County High School
Samantha Dickens (Gold)
Macy Powell (Gold)
Neal Powell (Gold)
Taylor Powell (Silver)

Washington

Skyview High School
Hannah Wistrand (Silver)

Group Awards

The National Officer Team (Gold)

Georgia

Apalachee High School (Silver)

Massachusetts

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

Nebraska

Career Pathways Institute (Bronze)

New Jersey 

Bergen County Academies SkillsUSA Chapter (Silver)

New Mexico

Hobbs High School (Gold)

New York

Queens Vocational Technical High School (Silver)
Aviation High School (Silver)
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Gold)

North Carolina

Rowan Cabarrus Community College SkillsUSA Club (Bronze)

Ohio

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Public Safety 2017-18 (Gold)

Oklahoma

Metro Technology Law Enforcement Cadets (Gold)

Tennessee

SkillsUSA Tennessee State Office Team (Gold)
TCAT Chattanooga Volunteer Team (Gold)

Texas

A&M Consolidated High School IT Chapter 3561 & 4426 (Gold)