2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Applications are Open

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The 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for students in grades 5-12 is now accepting applications, which must be completed by November 3, 2015, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout Council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Students selected at the local level will receive certificates of achievement. Students selected as state honorees will receive a monetary award of $1,000, a silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from April 30-May 3, 2016.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

National honorees will receive a monetary award of $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their nominating school or organization, and a grant of $5,000 for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice from The Prudential Foundation. If you know deserving students who would be interested in applying for this award program, please direct them to the online application and related materials at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit. Paper versions of the application form are available by calling (877) 525-8491.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 115,000 young people have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.