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“Every year for the past 20 years, we’ve been inspired by the stories of service we’ve heard from young people across the United States,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.  “We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2016, and hope their example will inspire others to serve their communities too.”

Prudential Spirit Awards for 2016

the Prudential Spirit of Community Award logoThe awards program, now in its 21st year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP).  Since its inception, the program has honored more than 115,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level.  To learn more about these youth awards and to apply by November 3, 2015 visit: and at

Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement.  These Local Honorees also will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (26 hours of age 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15 and 100 hours for older students).  All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia – one high school student and one mid-level student.  State honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC with a parent to attend four days of recognition events from April 30-May 3, 2016. 
In Washington, DC, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees that will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, and crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations and $5,000 in grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Melissa Newkirk, 18 of Omaha and Cole Jacobsen, 13, of Wisner, Nebraska were named Nebraska’s top two youth volunteers for 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

For More Information Contact:
Janet Schmidt