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Do colleges like to see the President's Volunteer Service Award?
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I am a sophomore at Syosset High School. 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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a year 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.

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a year 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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