Awards for Volunteers

Awards (honorary and cash), scholarships, and other honors designed to recognize volunteer achievement. 

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Above and Beyond Awards
Year awarded:
Sponsoring Organization:
Israel Goes World, Inc.
Volunteers, unpaid, who develop and espouse the positive message of Israel around the world.
Award schedule:
This is only being awarded once.
Deadline to submit nomination:
Australasian Volunteer Awards
Sponsoring Organization:
The Centre for Volunteering

For information on awards specifically related to the Australasian region, visit the above link and scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see the list of awards.

NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD is an annual awards program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community.
Award schedule:
Awarded annually at the same period of time.
Deadline to submit nomination:
February - July
Canadian Volunteer Awards
Sponsoring Organization:
Volunteer Canada

Description of a variety of national and provincial awards recognizing volunteers in Canada.

These awards recognize the impressive impact volunteers have on our communities.
Award schedule:
Awarded annually at the same period of time.
Deadline to submit nomination:
various deadlines
The Congressional Award

The U.S. Congress has a medal for young people ages 14 to 23. To earn the Congressional Award, young people set and achieve goals for volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and an expedition. 

Daily Point of Light Award

Every day of the year, an individual or local group is recognized by the President of the United States for outstanding community service/volunteering. Nominations can be submitted by anyone through the Points of Light site.

Echoing Green Fellowship

Each year, Echoing Green awards 20 two-year fellowships to entrepreneurs creating new social change organizations. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable organizations.

Giraffe Heroes

The Giraffe Project issues commendations to those who have taken "a significant risk for the common good" stuck out their necks like a giraffe.  See their well-articulated criteria at:

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30.

President's Volunteer Service Award
Sponsoring Organization:
Corporation for Natoinal & Community Service

Offers "Certifying Organizations" the ability to recognize their own volunteers with the President's Volunteer Service Award (at any time during the year), providing the volunteers keep a record of their activities and contributed hours.  See Web site for full details.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an opportunity to honor your most outstanding volunteers and recognize the impact they make.
Award schedule:
Awarded annually at the same period of time.
Deadline to submit nomination:
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Sponsoring Organization:

Seek nominations of young volunteers, in grades 7-12, who have made the greatest commitment and impact over the past year. National honorees will receive $5,000, gold medallions and crystal trophies for their schools. Application forms available in middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils and county 4-H offices throughout the U.S. They also may be obtained by visiting the website or by calling 1-877-525-8491.

Created in 1995
Award schedule:
Awarded annually at the same period of time.
Deadline to submit nomination:
In November
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - UK

Annual Award to recognize and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by U.K. groups in the community.

Volunteer Ireland Awards

Annual award program.

Women of Worth

Nominate an American woman "whose volunteer work is making a beautiful difference."  L'Oréal Paris will donate $2,500 in each honoree's name to a charitable organization of her choice, and a $2,500 donation in her name to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (L'Oréal Paris' primary philanthropy).  Annual contest with deadline in May.  Can self-nominate. 

Youth Service America Awards and Grants Programs

YSA co-sponsors a number of annual awards for young people excelling in service-learning projects, including: Harris Wofford Award and the YSA Service Stars , plus grants to seed new projects.  In addiiton, YSA's free e-newsletter, "Youth Service Briefing,"often announces awards for youth engaged in specific types of volunteering.