Awards for Volunteers

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

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Be Big! in Your Community Contest

Sponsored by Scolastic Magazine, American Family Insurance, and HandsOn Network and featuring Clifford, the big red dog, this contest for the best community action idea awards a $25,000 grant to the first place winner and gives nineteen (19) second place honorees a $2,500 community grant.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes Award Program

Do you know a young leader between the ages of 7 and 18 years old, doing extraordinary things in his/her community or around the world to better the lives of others? Enter these young leaders in the annual search for Build-A-Bear Workshop® Huggable Heroes®.  Twelve Huggable Heroes will be selected and each will be awarded with a $7,500 educational scholarship and $2,500 in the form of a donation to the 501 (c)(3) charity of his/her choice. Entry forms are available at all North American Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online on their website. 

Cabot Creamery Cooperative "Reward Volunteers" Program

Reward Volunteers was started by Cabot Creamery Cooperative to honor the achievements and contributions of volunteers. It enables users to log, track and post their volunteer efforts on social media and win prizes (such as an all-expense paid cruise) and cash not only for themselves but for the non-profit organization they serve. The program repeats each year starting on April 14. Volunteers can access and log their time through any device that can access the Internet. 

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. 

Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence

Recognizes companies with effective volunteer programs that are linked to their business objectives. 

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.

Do Something Award

Since 1996, has honored the nation’s best young world-changers, 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. The five nominees will be rewarded with a community grant, participation in a live VH1 TV show, media coverage and continued support from The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 for their cause.

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

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.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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.

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.