Youth volunteers in South Carolina are invited to apply for the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community awards, a national scholarship program for students in grades fifth through 12th.
The awards, created in 1995, are presented by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to students who have made meaningful community contributions during the past 12 months.
“More than 25 years ago, we founded the Prudential Spirit of Community awards to honor young volunteers working to meet the needs of our changing world — a mission that feels especially timely today," Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, said in the release. “As life evolves due to COVID-19, young Americans are continuing to address urgent issues facing their communities, and we celebrate their service in hopes that they'll inspire others to do the same.”
State honorees in middle and high school will be selected in February and receive $1,000 scholarships, along with an invitation to the program's national recognition events in May. The top 10 national youth volunteers will receive $5,000 scholarships, along with $5,000 Prudential grants for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
Since the awards’ creation, more than 140,000 students nationwide have received recognition, according to the release. The award program is also conducted in Japan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil.