President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

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)

2019 Recipients

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

Lifetime

Ohio

Pioneer and Technology Center
Stephanie J. Gwin

Individual

Arizona

Kofa High School
Tristan Creekmore (Gold)
Celeste Figueroa (Gold)

River Valley High School
Jazmin Castro (Bronze)
Brenda Cruz (Bronze)
Lilianna Cruz (Bronze)
Jeremy Dangerfield (Gold)
Ethan Fromm (Gold)
Sergio Galindo (Silver)
Hanna Gutowski (Bronze)
Payton McGowen (Bronze)
Samantha Reyes (Silver)
Brittany Ruiz (Bronze)
Jennifer Sanchez (Bronze)

Willow Canyon High School
Trevor Tuttle (Bronze)

California

Downey High School
Sabrina Aramuro (Gold)
Jasmin Barba (Gold)
Jaqueline Benitez (Gold)
Kayla Cortez (Gold)
Kaylee Cortez (Gold)
Corey Davidson (Gold)
Alyssa Fetler (Gold)
Monica Garcia (Bronze)
Jeremiah Gomez (Gold)
Gloria Hernandez (Gold)
Jesse Hernandez (Silver)
Leilani Hernandez (Gold)
Jocelyn Jimenez (Silver)
Xochitl Jimenez (Gold)
Jennifer Llamas (Gold)
Isabel Mendiz (Gold)
Alyssa Montanez (Gold)=
Magnolia Mordecai (Gold)
Noah Ortega (Gold)
Issak Ortiz (Silver)
Luisa Aime Sandoval (Silver)
Laylu Sandusky (Bronze)
Justin Servio (Bronze)
Morgan Urso (Bronze)

Connecticut

Wolcott High School
Julia Hyneck (Gold)

Massachusetts

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational
Anika R. Koopman (Gold)

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Brian Thomas Anastasio II (Gold)
Brianna Lynch (Gold)

Bristol Plymouth RTHS
Joseph DaSilva (Silver)

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Jennifer Hollis (Bronze)
Marcella Larrabee (Bronze)
Kylie Palomba (Silver)
Harry Vuong (Silver)

Greater Lowell Technical High School
Anthony Milisci (Bronze)

New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Dakota Chixarro (Gold)

Northeast Metro Technical HS
Angelea Bukirch (Gold)

Plymouth Sough High School
Maria Baker (Silver)

Whittier RTHS
Lauren F. Fitzgerald (Silver)

Nebraska

Millard North High School
Anvitha Boosani (Gold)

New Jersey

Sussex County Technical School
Sierra Rose Walsh (Gold)

Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Science
Mira Amin (Silver)
Shanaya Sood (Bronze)
Abiram Gangavaram (Gold)
Christopher Masiello (Gold)
Michelle Masiello (Silver)
Krishna Mody (Gold)
Natasha Mody (Gold)
Ritu Peddinti (Gold)
Amanda Williams (Gold)

New York

Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES
Cameron Daub (Gold)

Ohio

Trumbull Career and Technical Center
Brandon Shiflet (Bronze)

Penta Career Center
Breanna Lynn Lawson (Silver)
Samantha Marie Louy (Bronze)
Dalton James Teaford (Gold)

Tennessee

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Chattanooga
Lance Myers (Gold)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Harriman
Carissa Lively (Bronze)

Texas

Cleveland High School
Tarik G. Barnes (Gold)

Virginia

Greenville County High School
Jacqueline Grubb (Gold)
Mackenzie Delbridge (Gold)

Wisconsin

New Berlin West High School
Zackary Bohte (Gold)

Team

2018-19 The National Officer Team (Gold)

California

Lynwood High School
LHS Biomedical SkillsUSA Group (Gold)

Florida

Suncoast Technical College
SPHS Team (Gold)

Georgia

Apalachee High School
Apalachee High School SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold)

Massachusetts

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Blackstone Valley RVTHS SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold) 

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold)

Plymouth South High School
Plymouth South High School SkillsUSA Chapter (Bronze)

New Jersey

Bergen County Academies
Bergen County Academies SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold)

New Mexico

Hobbs High School
Hobbs High School SkillsUSA Chapter (Gold)

New York

Orange Ulster BOCES
Leaders Making A Difference (Bronze)

Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Edison SkillsUSA (Gold)

North Carolina

Rawan Cabarnes Community College
Team RCCC SkillsUSA

Ohio

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers
Public Safety 2018-19 (Gold)

Oklahoma

Metro Technology Center South Bryant Campus
Metro Technology Law Enforcement Cadets (Gold)

Tennessee

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Knoxville
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Medical Assisting Team (Gold)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Chattanooga
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Chattanooga Officer Team (Gold)