For Washington students in grades 5-12, meaningful community engagement and service might lead to more than positive connections and a stronger resume. Two students will be selected as winners of the 2019 Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards, which includes $1,000, an engraved medallion, and an all-expenses paid four-day trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian in May 2019.

The online application is open through November 6, 2018. Applicants will be evaluated based on their volunteer service in the past 12 months. Last year’s winners were Phillip Meng, a 16-year-old from Vancouver who founded a nonprofit to develop programs to improve education for students around the world, and Sophia DeMarco, a 14-year-old from Enumclaw who is a community leader in promoting environmental protection.

The Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards, which were created in 1995, have been granted annually to exemplary volunteers in middle and high school for 23 years on the local, state, and national level. The award is sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“After more than two decades of honoring young volunteers, we know that students are a powerful force for good,” Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. “We shine a spotlight on their service in hopes that others will be inspired to follow their example.”

After the November 6 deadline, certifiers will review applications and select Local Honorees to nominate for state-level judging by November 16. The two State Honorees will be announced on February 5, 2019.

The online application can be found at and