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President's Volunteer Service Award

History of President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve.

The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program as a way to thank and honor people who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.  The Institute of Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED), with assistance from Student Life, began promoting the award and hosting a college-wide ceremony in 2007.

What is the President's Volunteer Service Award? 

The PVSA recognizes individuals and groups who have contributed a certain number of hours to the community through service over a 12-month period. The award was created as a way to honor those who are engaged and who inspire others to become engaged in their communities. 

How can I earn the PVSA? 

All students. staff, and faculty members who have completed 100 or more service-learning or volunteer service hours over a 12-month period and have documentation qualify for this prestigious nationally-recognized award.

Student organizations completing 200 or more hours of service to the community over a 12-month period are also eligible to apply for a group award.

Award Levels

All hours used in application of this award must be within a 12-month period for Individuals and Groups.


Hours Completed


Individuals: 100-174 
Groups: 200-499


Individuals: 175-249 
Groups: 500-999


Individuals: 250+ 
Groups: 1,000+


Individuals: 4,000+ (over an individual's lifetime)

Award Package*

  • An official PVSA lapel pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
  • An invitation to an award ceremony in the summer sponsored by The Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy and Miami Dade College

*This is the award package for individual recipients. Student organizations receive just one packet for the entire group.

Individual and Group applications are available below:

Individual and Group applications will be due to your iCED office by April 15, 2016

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