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“Voting is the foundation for political action.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire US, are excited to launch the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award for high schools throughout the state. The award is intended to recognize and commemorate the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process. Their success will be measured by voter registration figures among their school’s eligible student population.

Printer-friendly Pennsylvania voter education materials can be found on the Department of State's website. High schools can also sign up directly with Inspire US at: Inspire can help high schools coordinate peer-to-peer voter registration drives and Get Out the Vote events. They also provide materials and data management, and organize school celebrations and recognition events. 

Students eligible to register to vote are those who are either 18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 on or before the date of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election. The application confirming that 65% or 85% percent of the school’s eligible students are registered can be mailed to the Department of State, c/o Governor's Civic Engagement Award, 302 North Office Bldg., Harrisburg, PA, 17120 or emailed to

Governor's Civic Engagement Award Application (PDF)

Award Distinctions:



Gold Level: 85% of eligible students are registered to vote.

Student Ambassadors and the school will receive award certificates from Governor Tom Wolf or the Secretary of State at a public ceremony at the school location.



Silver Level: 65% of eligible students registered to vote.

Student Ambassadors will receive award certificates.


Students holding awards 



Sixteen Schools Honored and Nearly 3,000 Students Registered to Vote in First Year of Civic Engagement Program.

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres announced today that 32 high schools across the commonwealth held voter registration initiatives during the first year of the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) program, resulting in 2,955 eligible students being registered to vote...more


2017-2018 School Year
Level Award  School  County  % Registered
Gold Blue Ridge High School  Susquehanna County 89%
Gold Canon-McMillan High School Washington County  99%
Gold  Carlisle High School  Cumberland County  85%
Gold Conestoga High School Chester County 86%
Gold  Derry Area High School  Westmoreland County  88%
Gold Fox Chapel Area High School Allegheny County 85%
Gold Governor Mifflin High School Berks County  87%
Gold Middletown Area High School Dauphin County 86%
Gold Mt. Pleasant Area High School Westmoreland 91%
Gold  Northwest Area High School  Luzerne County  95%
Gold  Purchase Line High School   Indiana and Clearfield Counties 92%
Gold  Seneca Valley High School  Butler County 93%
Gold State College Area School District Delta Program Centre County 93%
Gold The Episcopal Academy Deleware County  97%
Gold  Wyoming Valley West High School Luzerne County  87%
Silver  University Prep  Pittsburgh  67%