The 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for amazing youth volunteers to apply for scholarships. Students must apply and demonstrate how they have worked on behalf of others through their service.
Children age 10 and younger must have volunteered for 26 hours; for ages 11 to 15, it’s a 50 hour contribution and for older students, 100 hours.
The deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 10 to submit an application that must be certified by a school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H Club, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Points of Light Global Network member.
Applicants must also write an essay describing how they have made meaningful contributions to their communities within the past 12 months – whether virtually or in person.
Certifiers will review all applications for a student’s school or organization and then select a local honoree to nominate for state-level judging by Nov. 20.
Two winners will be picked from each state.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will grant honorees a $1,000 scholarship, a silver medallion and a virtual trip to the nation’s Capitol.
National honorees will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship, a gold medallion, and a trophy for their nominating school or organization and $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation toward a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.
The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, were created in 1995. It has recognized the exemplary volunteer work of 140,000 middle school and high school students, the company said.
Winners will be announced on Feb. 9, 2021. To apply visit.