The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds and 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. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program. Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

As a member of Congress, I have many opportunities to meet with North Carolinians and to honor excellence in our state. The Congressional Award was created by Congress to recognize and promote achievement, initiative and service in America's youth. I am proud that North Carolina has had a high rate of participation in this distinguished program.

If you have any questions about the program or would like more information visit the Congressional Award website and as always you can contact me and my staff with any questions.