The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Participants can earn bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award certificates and bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award medals. Gold medals are presented at an annual ceremony every summer in Washington, D.C. 

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. Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award.

Rules & Requirements

The program is open to all 14-year to 24-yearolds. Prospective paticipants may register at 13 1/2 years old and are eligible to submit for the award at age 14. 

The Congressional Award focus on four areas:

  • voluntary public service 
  • personal development 
  • physical fitness
  • 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. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

It has no minimum grade point average requirements, and accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. 

To register for the award, visit The Congressional Award website. Contact information@congressionalaward.or if you have any questions, or visit The Congressional Award website.