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The Governor's Civic Engagment Award

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

The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire U.S. are excited to launch this year’s Governor’s Civic Engagement Award for high school students 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.

Schools are recognized for registering eligible students to vote. To be eligible, students must be 18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 on or before the next election. Applications are due on April 22, 2019, and the calculations to determine that 65% or 85% of the school’s eligible students are registered is based on the number of students who are eligible to vote in the May 2019 primary election.

Individual students are recognized for their efforts to register their peers to vote, and their service as poll workers. Students must be at least 17 years of age and obtain permission from their principal and parent/guardian to serve as a poll worker. Individual students must be recommended for the award by a representative from their school or the county election office. Award applications can be mailed to the Department of State, c/o Governor’s Civic Engagement Award, 210 North Office Bldg., Harrisburg, PA 17120 or emailed to

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. 

Award Distinctions:



Gold Level School Award: 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 one of three regional award ceremonies.



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

Student Ambassadors will receive award certificates.



Individual Award: Voter registration leaders and poll workers

Individual award recipients will be invited to participate in a day-long program and ceremony in Harrisburg.


Students holding awards 



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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%