Governor's Civic Engagement Award
“Voting is the foundation for political action.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
About the Award
The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award is presented by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire U.S.. The award recognizes and commemorates the efforts of Pennsylvania high school students to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process.
How to Qualify
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. 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 next 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:
Department of State, c/o Governor’s Civic Engagement Award,
210 North Office Bldg.,
Harrisburg, PA 17120
- Emailed to:
Printer-friendly Pennsylvania voter education materials can be found on the Department of State's votesPA.com website. High schools can also sign up directly with Inspire US at: inspire-usa.org/high_school_signup. 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.
Gold Level School Award: 85% of eligible students are registered to vote.
Student ambassadors and the school will receive a plaque and certificates from the Secretary of State at a regional recognition program.
Silver Level School Award: 65% of eligible students registered to vote.
Student ambassadors and the school will receive certificates from the Secretary of State at a regional recognition program.
Individual Award: Voter registration leaders and poll workers
Individual award recipients will receive special recognition at the regional recognition program.
In the GCEA's second year, 63 schools participated, registering to vote more than 3,000 eligible students. Twenty-three schools won awards.
|2018-2019 School Year|
|Level Award ||School ||County ||% Registered|
|Silver||Albert Gallatin Area High School||Fayette County||70|
|Gold||Boiling Springs High School||Cumberland County||94|
|Gold||Building 21 Allentown||Lehigh County||86|
|Silver||Canon-McMillan High School ||Washington County||68|
|Gold||Carlisle High School||Cumberland County||91|
|Gold||Central High School||Philadelphia||88.5|
|Gold||Conrad Weiser High School||Berks County||92|
|Silver||Friends Select School||Philadelphia ||68|
|Gold||Haverford High School||Delaware County||87|
|Gold||J.R. Masterman School||Philadelphia ||94|
|Gold||Kiski Area High School||Westmoreland County||85|
|Gold||Middletown Area High School||Dauphin County||87|
|Silver||Montrose Area Junior/Senior High School ||Susquehanna County||80|
|Silver||Morrisville High School ||Bucks County||70|
|Gold||Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School||Philadelphia ||85|
|Gold||Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School ||Luzerne County||100|
|Gold||Purchase Line High School||Indiana County||92|
|Silver||Red Lion Area Senior High School||York County||75|
|Silver||South Fayette High School||Allegheny County||69|
|Gold||South Williamsport Area High School||Lycoming County||86|
|Silver||Trinity High School ||Washington County||71|
|Silver||William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs||Philadelphia ||74|
|Gold||Wyoming Valley West High School||Luzerne County||87|