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. As a certifying organization of the PVSA, SkillsUSA members may apply to receive the PVSA through the SkillsUSA national office for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period. 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
Active SkillsUSA members (students) can apply to receive a PVSA individual award. SkillsUSA Chapters may use their collective volunteer hours to apply to receive the PVSA team award. Award levels are determined by two criteria:
- The number of hours served
- Student’s reported age as detailed in the chart below.
Note: SkillsUSA Chapter award levels are determined via the “Families / Groups / Teams” 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 2023-2024 year is March 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. Faxed, mailed, and emailed entries will not be processed. Verified volunteer-service hours must occur in a consecutive 12-month period between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.
SkillsUSA Chapters apply for the PVSA team award here: (link to be posted soon)
Individual SkillsUSA members may apply for the PVSA award here: (link to be posted soon)
Required Application Criteria:
- Applications must be complete and include all required documentation in a legible format.
- All applications must include proof of current SkillsUSA membership. Acceptable documents include a SkillsUSA membership card(s) or the student(s) name(s) indicated on the SkillsUSA Chapter Roster.
- 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.
- 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 that verifies the applicant’s volunteer service. 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.
- Be signed by a representative of the organization for which volunteer service was performed.
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 organizational letterhead that affirms the student-applicant has performed the necessary volunteer hours to be considered for the PVSA.
- Ineligible volunteer hours include hours spent meeting, driving, sleeping, or off-duty.
- In accordance with AmeriCorps® and the Point of Light Foundation, ineligible service includes donating funds, political lobbying, religious instruction, conducting a worship service, proselytizing, court-ordered community service, service of only family members.
- An applicant’s volunteer hours must be applied to an individual award OR a chapter award, but not both.
- 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. 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 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/.
The following people have qualified to receive the President’s Service Award for 2022:
Paradise Valley High School
River Valley High School
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education *Chapter Award
California Virtual Academies
Columbus High School
Dinuba High School *Chapter Award
Downey High School
Erick Felix, Jr.
Isabella De Lira
Gwinnett Technical College *Chapter Award
Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational School *Chapter Award
Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational School
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Cape Cod Regional Technical Vocational School
Greater New Bedford Regional Technical Vocational School
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute *Chapter Award
Old Colony Regional Technical Vocational School
Upper Cape Technical High School
Pinecrest Academy Cadence
Bergen County Academies *Chapter Award
Cumberland County Technical Education Center
Michael Deem Jr.
Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Sussex County Technical School
Thomas A. Edison Career Technical High School *Chapter Award
Ulster Vo Tech *Chapter Award
Penta Career Center
Andres (A.J.) Ybarra, Jr.
Sentinel Career and Technology Center (Public Safety) *Chapter Award
Upper Valley Career Center
State College Area High School
Melissa High School
Lakeview Technology Academy
Shu Lan Schaut