President's Volunteer Service Award

What is the President's Volunteer Service Award?

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals and groups who have contributed a certain number of hours to the community through service over a 12-month period. The award was created as a way to honor individuals* who are involved in service and who inspire others to become engaged in their communities.

How can I earn the PVSA?

All students and faculty members who have completed 100 or more of legitimate service-learning or volunteer service hours over a 12-month period and have documentation qualify for this prestigious nationally-recognized award.

Student organizations completing 200 or more hours of service to the community over a 12-month period are eligible to apply.

How can I apply for the PVSA?

You can download an application form using the link below. Please turn in your application with original documentation to your campus iCED. All further instructions to apply for the PVSA are listed on the application. Applications are processed at the end of the spring term each year. To be eligible for the 2021 award, the application deadline to be recognized in a campus award ceremony is March 31, 2021, and the final deadline without award ceremony recognition is May 7, 2021.

Individual PVSA Application

Award Levels

Amounts are number of hours completed over a 12-month period, unless noted otherwise.


Hours Completed
Individuals: 100-174
Groups: 200-499


Hours Completed
Individuals: 175-249
Groups: 500-999


Hours Completed
Individuals: 250+
Groups: 1,000+


Hours Completed
Individuals: 4,000+ (over an individual's lifetime)

*Although you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for the Federal President’s Volunteer Service Award, non-citizens who qualify should still apply and will be honored with the MDC “President’s Service Award.” MDC recognizes and celebrates all who serve with a “President’s” award.