Congressional Award


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HOBY Utah 2011 alumna McKenna O’Connor (center), with the support of her family,
received the Bronze and Silver Congressional Award from Congressman Chaffetz (left center), April 2013.

The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 to 23. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship. To earn a Congressional Award, participants set and achieve individual goals in four program areas:

  • Voluntary Public Service
  • Physical Fitness
  • Personal Development
  • Expedition/Exploration

All young people are equally able to earn The Congressional Award, because goals are set based on individual interest, need and ability. A young person is not selected to receive The Congressional Award; he or she earns it.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate recognize their constituents who earn Bronze and Silver Congressional Award Medals at local, citywide or statewide ceremonies. The Gold Medal Congressional Award ceremony is held annually in the U.S. Capitol and is presided over by the leadership of the House and Senate. An unlimited number of Congressional Awards may be earned throughout the country.

For more information about the Congressional Award and the application process, please visit www.congressionalaward.org or call 1-888-80-AWARD.