Presidential Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a nationally recognized program encouraging people to live a life of service.  This program encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Any Antonian student who would like to apply for this award needs to carefully read the school requirements to be eligible.  Please be mindful that this volunteer award is separate and apart from our required ACP Christian Community Service Program.  There are different levels based on the volunteer’s age and the number of hours earned during a one year period. ACP’s certification year runs from April 1st through March 31st.



Hours by Award







Teens (11-15 years old)*


50-74 hours


75-99 hours


100+ hours

Young Adults (16-25 years old*)


100-174 hours


175-249 hours


250 + hours


*You must meet the age parameters for the award by March 31st, 2020. For instance, if you turn 16 on or before March 31st you would have to complete the hours for Young Adults.


  • Recipient(s) 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 12-month time period 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 approved Certifying Organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. territories.   
ACP Terms and Conditions:
  • Awards will be issued for volunteer service only, not charitable donations.
  • Students cannot receive payment of any kind for their volunteer service.
  • Be certain your activity qualifies! Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Ultimately it is up to the certifying organization to determine which activities qualify for the PVSA.  Antonian College Preparatory High School is the certifying organization and will determine which types of activities may count towards this award. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. While singing in the choir, practicing an instrument, participating in sports or dancing are all worthwhile activities, their primary focus is skill development rather than being altruistic in nature. If you are unsure that your activity qualifies, confirm with ACP PVSA chairs in advance. Please see the “PVSA What Counts” chart for examples of the types of activities that qualify or do not qualify.
  • Maximum hours allowed per day for camp counselor, mission trip, etc will depend on the number of direct/indirect hours. Time spent sleeping; eating, socializing, etc. does not qualify if it does not include direct/indirect contact.
  • Students will need to fill out the ACP PVSA application form with detailed information of the hours they are counting for this award. (This is separate from the required  school-based service hours  submitted every year.)
  • Service log in sheet must be approved and signed by the supervisor of the sponsoring institution. No parent signatures will be accepted! Contact information for supervising adult must be current and legible for verification of hours. The ACP PVSA committee needs to verify all the information.
  • You will need to be up to date with your service hour’s requirements with ACP (including all past and current school years) in order to qualify as a recipient of this award.
  • Printed Service log in sheet and printed application must be turned into Ms. Ramirez no later than Tuesday, March 31st 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  You are welcome to turn your log and application in early.  WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING LATE SUBMISSIONS.


This service award is not related with the Christian Community service program that is required for graduation at ACP.  While you can apply the hours you completed as part of our Christian community service program at ACP for your PVSA, you cannot use PVSA hours to count in the Antonian program unless approved by Ms. Venezia Ramirez.


If you have questions on whether an activity qualifies for PVSA service hours, please email Ms. Ramirez with a description of the activity.