President’s Volunteer Service Award



United States National Service Awards


President’s Volunteer Service Award


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Alpha Phi Omega is one of the Leadership Organizations, meaning that we “support the President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) by actively promoting the Award to its local affiliates, who then register as Certifying Organizations (CO) to certify, nominate and present the awards to their volunteers.”



Qualifications (at the age 15-25 level):

Bronze Level: 100-174 hours in one year

Silver Level: 175-249 hours in one year

Gold Level: 250+ hours in one year

Lifetime: 4,000+ hours over a lifetime



How do you submit hours?

Chapters must first register as certifying organizations, which will verify service hours and purchase the award package.  To do this, go to the above website and fill in the form.  Once registered, the chapter will receive a group code which members can enter during individual registration.


For individuals:

1.       Go to

2.       Register to track your hours, enter your chapter’s group code to join.

3.       Track your hours, have APO certify your hours.


A chapter representative will then have to certify that hours have been done, and once the award level has been reached, can order an award package.



What’s in the award package?

                A complete award package includes:

1.       An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin

2.       A personalized certificate of achievement

3.       A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States

4.       A letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation


Chapters can choose which award package to purchase for individual recipients (depending on cost).





Congressional Award


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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 Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.


Alpha Phi Omega has no formal relationship with the Congressional Award program.



Minimum Qualifications:

All hours are cumulative, and must be completed by your 24th birthday (can be started at age 14).   Each participant must choose an adult advisor to guide them along and sign off on requirements.  Detailed requirements are listed in the Program Book (available online).


Bronze Certificate

Silver Certificate

Gold Certificate

Bronze Medal

Silver Medal

Gold Medal

Program Areas:







Voluntary Public Service

30 hours

60 hours

90 hours

100 hours

200 hours

400 hours

Personal Development

15 hours

30 hours

45 hours

50 hours

100 hours

200 hours

Physical Fitness

15 hours

30 hours

45 hours

50 hours

100 hours

200 hours



1 day

2 days

3 days

1 overnight

2 consecutive overnights

4 consecutive overnights

Total Hours







Total Months of Activity Needed



6 months

7 months

12 months

24 months




How do you submit hours?

Hours are submitted via a Record Book, which needs to be signed off on by the individual’s advisor, and validators who verify specific goals/hours.  Record Books need to be mailed in once an award level is achieved.



What’s in the award package?

Recipients will receive either a certificate or medal, depending on the award level earned.  If a higher level is earned first, the recipient will also receive all the lower levels at the same time.  Gold Medal recipients are invited to the annual ceremony and dinner in Washington D.C. (additional costs required).