Volunteer Service Award
ScienceDays, Inc. has been designated as a Certifying
Organization of the President's Volunteer Service Award. All
ScienceDays directors and mentors who have dedicated 100-250 hours to
ScienceDays activities this year are eligible to apply.
The award recipients
- An official Presidentís Volunteer
Service Award pin.
- A personalized certificate of
- A note of congratulations from the
President of the United States.
- A letter from the Presidentís
Council on Service and Civic Participation.
for the President's Volunteer Service Award is available below, and can be submitted whenever
the hours are met.
The application can be submitted either electronically or by paper. If submitting by paper, please print and mail to Attn: Lucie Guo, ScienceDays, 2101 Chestnut Street, Unit 1614, Philadelphia PA 19103.
If submitting electronically, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org --
and since the application requires a faculty signature, having your
faculty sponsor email us at email@example.com is also sufficient for an electronic application.
||Download the information
packet and the application.
Note that the application requires a
rather extensive log of all your ScienceDays activities.
Therefore, it may be helpful to keep a long as you go!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How is the President's
Volunteer Service Award different from the
Distinguished Mentor/Director Awards?
A: In several different ways! The Distinguished Mentor
and Director Awards are purely a ScienceDays recognition and is not
affiliated with the Presidentís Council on Service and
Civic Participation. Also, there is no requirement for the
number of hours that you must have spent during the year on
ScienceDays activities. The PVSA requires an immense time
commitment (100-250+ hours per year) and requires an activities log, as
well as a signature from your faculty sponsor. Also, the PVSA
applications must be mailed, but the Distinguished Mentor/Director
awards will have online applications.
Q: Okay. Do they have
anything in common?
Yes! The essay questions are essentially the same for both
applications. But the Distinguished Mentor/Director Awards don't
require a detailed activities log.
Can I apply to both awards?
Sure, if you want to! And no, you don't have to submit the
same essays twice.
Q: Is the PVSA competitive? Am I competing with
my fellow classmates?
Not at all! All qualified applicants will receive the
awards. The number of hours that you have spent this year will
qualify you for the award. We also look for dedication,
creativity, and leadership. We are looking for the students who
stuck to the challenge for the whole year.
Q: So I heard that there are different
levels of this award. How does that work?
Yes. There are Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and each has a
different requirement for the number of volunteer hours. For
download the information packet
Q: I volunteered in a ScienceDays Summer Tour.
Can I count those hours?
Definitely! All summer activities can be counted toward your
Q: Do I have to pay a fee to get this
Q: I have other
questions. Who should I ask?
We'd love to answer your questions. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the award, visit the