Spirit of Community Awards open for grades 5-12

Maine students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

In order to apply, students must complete an application by Nov. 3 and have an authorized certifier (such as a school principal, head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate) certify the application for state-level judging.

State-level honorees will be announced in February. The top middle level and high school applicant in each state and the District of Columbia will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a to Washington, D.C. April 30 – May 3, 2016.

Ten of the state honorees will be named America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year and will be awarded an additional $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, have honored more than 115,000 youth volunteers at the local, state and national level over the past 20 years.

For more information visit the Prudential Spirit of Community Award website.