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Governor's Civic Engagement Award

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

The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award recognition programs will be held April 29th – May 7th. Student leaders and staff advisors for the schools that earn the award are invited to attend.

For details, or to submit your application, contact

Northeast and Central PA: 

Monday April 29th at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg

Philadelphia area: 

Thursday May 2nd at the Montgomery County Community College Science Center Theater

Western PA: 

Tuesday May 7th at the University of Pittsburgh William Pitt Student Union Ballroom

Individual award winners will be recognized at the corresponding regional event. 

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. 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 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.


Students holding awards 


Deadline Nears for High Schools to Register for Governor’s Civic Engagement Award

Pennsylvania high schools participating in voter registration efforts can still enroll in the Governor's Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) program. The deadline is April 22. more


2017-2018 School Year
Level Award School County % Registered
Gold Blue Ridge High School Susquehanna County89%
Gold Canon-McMillan High SchoolWashington County 99%
Gold  Carlisle High School Cumberland County 85%
Gold Conestoga High SchoolChester County86%
Gold  Derry Area High School Westmoreland County 88%
Gold Fox Chapel Area High SchoolAllegheny County85%
Gold Governor Mifflin High SchoolBerks County 87%
Gold Middletown Area High SchoolDauphin County86%
Gold Mt. Pleasant Area High SchoolWestmoreland91%
Gold  Northwest Area High School Luzerne County 95%
Gold  Purchase Line High School  Indiana and Clearfield Counties92%
Gold  Seneca Valley High School Butler County93%
GoldState College Area School District Delta ProgramCentre County93%
GoldThe Episcopal AcademyDeleware County 97%
Gold Wyoming Valley West High SchoolLuzerne County 87%
Silver University Prep Pittsburgh 67%