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The 4-H program provides many opportunities for members to be involved in citizenship activities and often this service can also bring members recognition and even cash awards.

We encourage members to consider reporting their service on the United We Serve Website http://serve.gov/ . This site will allow you to connect with projects that might need your help as a volunteer, or it can be a way to involve others in a project you are doing.

Another way to report and receive recognition for 4-H citizenship is the Congressional Award. It is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Pu blic Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you'd like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace - on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals. Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. To learn more visit http://www.congressionalaward.org/about.php

The Presidents Volunteer Service Award is given by The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. To lean more see: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/index.cfm

Here are few of the many scholarships that are available based in part upon community service.

  • Target All-Around Scholarship : Target awards over six hundred All-Around Scholarships each year - including one $25,000 scholarship - to high school seniors and college students age 24 and younger. Scholarships recognize volunteer work as well as academic achievement.

  • Presidential Freedom Scholarships : Each high school in the country may sponsor up to two students - juniors or seniors - to receive a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of outstanding leadership in service to their community. In addition to the scholarship, students will receive a letter of recognition, and a President's Volunteer Service Award pin.

  • Discover ® Card Tribute Award ® Scholarship Program : More than $1 million in scholarships are available annually to high school juniors nationwide. Nine awards per state of $2,500 each and nine awards nationally of $25,000 each are awarded to juniors, based on: Community Service, Special Talents, Leadership and Obstacles Overcome

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award : Prudential recognizes college-bound high school students who have demonstrated exemplary community service. Each year, ten national honorees receive $5,000, a gold medallion, and a trophy. One hundred additional students (2 from each state) receive a $1,000 state-level award.

  • The Phillips Foundation's Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarships : Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Future Leaders Scholarship during their sophomore year. Sizable awards, in amounts of $10,000, $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, are offered to college juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.

  • Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest : This annual competition is designed to challenge college students to analyze urgent ethical issues and write thought-provoking, personal essays. A total of $10,000 in first, second, and third prizes and two honorable mentions are awarded annually.