Congressional Award

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 24-year-olds and participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals.  Participants may register at 13 1/2 years old and are eligible to submit for the award at age 14.  Gold Medals are presented at an annual ceremony every summer in Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Award focus on four areas:

  • voluntary public service;
  • personal development;
  • physical fitness; and
  • expedition/exploration activities.

Involvement in activities like 4-H, Scouting, aerobics, school and community sports, camping and other outdoor activities, high school clubs and activities, and other extracurricular activities can help you achieve medal status in the Congressional Award.

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.

Start your journey today!  To register for the award, visit The Congressional Award website here. Contact for any questions.


Congresswoman with congressional award winner

Congresswoman Van Duyne presenting Nicholas Boling with the Congressional Silver Medal.