Prudential Spirit of Community Awards seeking student nominees

Youth volunteers in Florida can apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which provides $1,000, a medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Youth volunteers in Florida can apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which provides $1,000, a medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The awards are open to students in grades 5 through 12 who have made contributions to their communities over the past 12 months by volunteering, according to a press release.

"We've learned over the past two decades that young people are doing innovative, important work to improve communities at home and abroad," Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in the release. “We honor their contributions in the hope that their example will inspire others to consider what they can do to make a difference."

The awards, which are sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), began in 1995 and recognize the volunteer work of students in middle and high school grades. The awards are given at the local, state and national level.

Deadline for applications is Nov. 7, and students must submit their application to their principal or head of the participating organization for certification. Applications are then reviewed, and a local honoree is selected to be nominated for state-level judging by Nov. 17.

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