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3 years ago
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Do colleges like to see the President's Volunteer Service Award?

I am a sophomore. In the last year, I have gathered 57 cumulative hours in community service. One of my organizations is a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, and as a 15 year old, I qualify for the Bronze President's Volunteer Service Award. I am wondering whether I should apply right now, or if it is worth the application?

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@o3602 years ago

Hey I just had a quick question, how exactly did you find a certifying organization near you? I'm quite confused with this process and am looking forward to verifying my volunteer hours for the PVSA.

@VolunteerCrowda year ago

Organizations like nonprofits, schools, and student volunteer organizations must qualify to become certifying organizations and uphold the guidelines. Many students want the organization to verify past volunteer hours. Most schools and clubs will not. VolunteerCrowd is a certifying organization that can verify hours and add to a student's official service transcript. Here's a link for more information: https://blog.volunteercrowd.com/how-to-earn-the-presidents-volunteer-service-award/

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3 years ago

So the short answer is yes, colleges are going to like to see awards and nominations for extracurriculars that demonstrate commitment to causes.

The long answer is that if this were me, I would really try to add more volunteer hours before claiming an award (unless you can apply for it every year). While it's awesome you've found a cause you're dedicated to and have put time into you are going to see a lot of people with 57 hours or more. Volunteering is obviously going to be difficult right now with everything going on but I'd really try to shoot for the gold award. At your age right now, that's 100+ hours which is only 2 hours a week. When you turn 16 it will take 250 hours a week which shows a lot more dedication, passion, and commitment to a cause you believe in. The further you can go the better it will look.

3 years ago

Yes, it is definitely worth it! A President's Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious and national award, it will help you get a high tier for volunteer service. A rule of thumb is probably if you can get an award, apply and get it, and the more selective the better. Also, if you can get more volunteer hours, try that so that you could get a higher President's Volunteer Service Award.


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