The Mississippi Department of Education

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

What are the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards?

The program was created in 1995 for the purpose of recognizing students in middle level and high school grades who have made meaningful contributions in their community through volunteer services.  Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) are the sponsors and the awards are presented annually on the local, state, and national level.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Medallions

How does the program work?

  1. Student volunteers in grades 5-12 must complete an online application at or by November 8, 2016 and submit them to their school principal. Students applicants and their parents or guardians must complete the form’s signature page.
  2. Each participating school reviews the applications of its students and selects one middle level Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 5-8 and/or one high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
  3. Principals must certify applications of their Local Honoree(s) online by November 18, 2016.
  4. The top middle level and high school youth volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named as State Honorees in February. There will also be two to 10 runners-up in each state who are named Distinguished Finalists.
  5. Ten of the State Honorees are named America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year by a distinguished national selection committee at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May.


What do honorees receive?

  • Local Honorees receive Certificates of Achievement from their schools. Also, President’s Volunteer Service Award will be presented to those who have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours.
  • State Honorees receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May for recognition events.
  • Distinguished Finalists (runners-up at the state level) receive engraved bronze medallions.
  • Other top applicants at the state level receive Certificates of Excellence
  • National Honorees receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, and crystal trophies for their schools. They also receive $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Who is eligible?

  • Any student in grades 5-12 as of November 8, 2016, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Any student who has engaged in volunteer activities that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2015.
  • Any student who completes an application and submits it to a school principal by November 8, 2016.


Dates to remember:

November 8, 2016 student application deadline, November 18, 2016 school application review deadline, February 7, 2017 judges pick top state honorees, May 6-9, 2017 national recognition events

For more information:

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