From the Office of the President of the United States of America

The Presidents Volunteer Service Awards

Summit Scholars is proud to be qualified as an official Certifying Organization authorized to grant Presidential Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of the President of the United States.

Certifying Organizations are entrusted with significant responsibility for identifying individuals for Presidential recognition while upholding the integrity of the President's Volunteer Service Award.

In this role Summit seeks to identify those high school students who excel in service by making important contributions to their local community, their town, and to the nation. In addition, Summit Scholars provides guidance, support, and encouragement to students to develop strong character, selflessness, a spirit of giving and a greater sense of awareness of social responsibility to those in need.

Summit Scholars can help students identify, engage, and validate qualifying involvement in eligible activities that are consistent with the Presidents program requirements and goals.

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition at the bronze, silver or gold levels, recipients may receive an official pin or medallion and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States!


The university perspective on Achievement Awards

The new key to college admissions: Grit

Today's top colleges are increasingly looking beyond traditional college admissions indicators such as students GPA, SAT and ACT scores to identify those students who can survive and thrive at the best universities in America.

Among the non-cognitive factors that now used to make or confirm admission decisions at selective universities, applicants who can demonstrate "Grit" stand head and shoulders above their peers.

"Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina. Whereas disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, the gritty individual stays the course."                                                                                                                                      Duckworth 2007

Students who have earned an achievement award through Summit Scholars have made a strong case for demonstrating the kind of grit that top colleges are seeking.


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