President's Volunteer Service Awards

An initiative of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

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Recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Awards in 2012

UT Dallas Service and Civic Participation

Former UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof serves on the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. As a result, the UT System has joined with the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to bring the President's Volunteer Service Awards program to UT Dallas and other UT System institutions. The Department of Community Engagement coordinates the University's participation in the President's Volunteer Service Awards.

The President's Volunteer Service Award

In January of 2003, by Executive Order, President George W. Bush announced the formation of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council was established to recognize the important contributions Americans of all ages are making within their communities through service and civic engagement.

The President's Volunteer Service Awards have been developed to thank and honor Americans who engage in volunteer service and, in doing so, inspire others to volunteer their time and energy. Any individual, family or group can receive the President's recognition for annual commitments to volunteer service. Awards are based on length of service. Individuals who serve a minimum of 100 hours in a 1-year period are eligible to receive awards.

Faculty, Staff, and Students are Encouraged to Participate

Currently many individuals serve in regular volunteer capacities. We want to recognize your commitment and outstanding service to the community. We encourage everyone to become involved with charitable, service and civic organizations. To earn an award, individuals, families and groups are encouraged to record their volunteer activities served through the UT Service & Civic Participation. Council on Service and Civic Participation provides a simple web-based method for individuals to record and measure ongoing volunteer efforts.

Volunteer Criteria

  • Recipients must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a calendar year or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only.¬†Additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e. charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
  • Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories

How to Apply if You're a Volunteer

  1. Set up your profile in the system and register with PVSA.
  2. Begin to track and record your volunteer hours and activities.
  3. Submit a record of service to UT Dallas (NRG-20658) to verify your hours.

The deadline to submit hours for the previous calendar year is January 31st. Current faculty, staff, and students who have qualified for an award will have hours from the previous calendar year certified by February 1st of the following year.

Award Levels

Young Adults: Ages 15-25

  • Bronze Award: 100-174 hours
  • Silver Award: 175-249 hours
  • Gold Award: 250 or more hours

Adults: Ages 26 and up

  • Bronze Award: 100-249 hours
  • Silver Award: 250-499 hours
  • Gold Award: 500 or more hours

President's Call to Service Award

Individuals who have completed 4000 or more volunteer service hours over the course of their lifetime are eligible to receive the President's Call to Service Award.

The awards packages include a certificate of achievement, a President's Volunteer Service Awards lapel pin, a note of congratulations from the President of the United States and a letter from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Eligible participants will be invited to attend the annual ceremony that takes place in February.

Volunteer Opportunities

To learn about opportunities to volunteer in your community, please visit the Office of Student Volunteerism website.