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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.

NOTE: In a cooperative decision between the Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award is temporarily suspended as the program is evaluated.  Updates will be provided in the coming weeks about the Lifetime Achievement Award’s availability but there is no further information to share at this time.

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 1.

Materials must be sent as one complete package and received (not postmarked) no later than April 1. 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, candidates must have performed hours within a single consecutive 12-month period. Hours prior to January 1, 2020, 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 2021, candidates must have performed hours within a single 12-month period.  Hours prior to January 1, 2020 do not apply unless you are submitting for the Lifetime Award.

Once the documentation is received (not postmarked) by April 1, 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:

Megan Flinn
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176

Entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 1.

For questions, call: 703-737-0622 or email: mflinn@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, 2020 and March 31, 2021)

2021 Recipients

The following people have qualified to receive the President’s Service Award for 2021:

Individual Awards

Arizona

River Valley High School
Ethan Fromm (Gold)
Kevin Guenther (Gold)
Brayden Lott (Gold)
Nicholas Palfi (Gold)

California

Downey High School
Anna Arambula-Pena (Gold)
Evelyn Picazzo (Gold)
Kimberly Ortiz (Silver)
Leticia Velarde (Silver)
Amier Auberry (Bronze)
Karen Barajas (Bronze)
Ingrid Belmonte (Bronze)
Isabella Delira (Bronze)
Camila Garcia (Bronze)
Natalie Garcia (Bronze)
Andrew Henriquez (Bronze)
Alondra Jauregui (Bronze)
Samantha Lorenzo (Bronze)
Araceli Magdaleno (Bronze)
Melisa Martinez (Bronze)
Charity Olavydez (Bronze)
Maria Palacios (Bronze)
Christian Pepaj (Bronze)
Nisa Rueda (Bronze)
Christina Salazar (Bronze)
Irane Santiago (Bronze)
Bridgette Yaquian (Bronze

John Burroughs High School
Gabrielle Mathis (Bronze)

Massachusetts

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
Aliyana Martin (Gold)

New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Kara Koska (Gold)

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Christopher Alcimbert (Gold)

Blackstone Regional Vocational Technical High School

Abby Kelly (Silver)
Madeline Poitras (Silver)

Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
Lorelei Hetzler (Silver)

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School
Lord Custodio (Silver)

Bay Path Regional Technical Vocational High School
Cody Douglas (Silver)

New Jersey

Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Aarsha Sha (Gold)
Charlene Cai (Silver)
Evelyn Chuo (Silver)

Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools
Christopher Masiello (Silver)

New York

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
Sean Townsend (Gold)
Joshua Calvani (Gold)
Emily Barron (Bronze)

Texas

John A. Dubiski Career High School
Troy Dwayne Broussard

Team Awards

New York

Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (Gold)

Massachusetts

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Gold)

Oklahoma

Metro Technology Center South Bryant Campus: Law Enforcement Cadets (Silver)

New Jersey

Bergen County Academies (Bronze)