The Search is On For North Carolina’s Top Youth Volunteers


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will grant two North Carolina honorees $1,000 scholarship, a medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Today through November 5, 2019, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for North Carolina’s top youth volunteers of the year.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Since then, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

“We’ve honored young people from three generations since this program began, and while the world has changed many times over, one thing has stayed the same: Young volunteers are doing remarkable, meaningful work to address the challenges facing their communities,” said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “As we enter our 25th year, we remain inspired by these young people and their stories of service, and hope that they’ll inspire others to get involved, too.”

North Carolina’s top youth volunteers of 2019 were Simona Adhikari, 17, of Charlotte, who taught 24 girls in rural Nepal to make bracelets, and then sold them in the United States and United Kingdom to raise more than $6,000 for the girls and their small village, and Alexander Fultz, 14, of Pineville, who created a nonprofit organization that has donated thousands of toys and clothing items to hospitals in several states to brighten the days of hospitalized patients. Alexander also was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2019. Read more about Simona and Alexander at

How to Apply

To apply for a 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

  • Students complete the online application by November 5, 2019.
  • Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
  • Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 15, 2019.

Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member. (Students can request a paper application by calling 888-651-2951.)