Friday, September 16, 2011

The Congressional Award

College admissions sound so much more difficult than when I went to college (cough) years ago.  Nowadays, applicants are expected to have put in volunteer time, be involved in activities and be accomplished in academics.  Some colleges even want to see a portfolio or have applicants write an admission essay. 

Well, if its gotta be done...

Which brings me to the topic for today, the Congressional Award.  This would look great  on any college application.  The Congressional award is given to young Americans who set and meet goals in four areas:  Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/ Exploration.  This program is open to all 14-23 year-olds.  Participants have the opportunity to win a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Certificate and medal.

This particular award is not a competition nor do the particpants have to meet grade point average requirements.  Instead, they are rewarded for setting and achieving their own personal goals.  This program is open to those with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.  So, pretty much anyone within the age range and willing to participate has the potential to earn an award.

Even if your child doesn't plan to attend college, this is a great way to spur on personal development, try something new, and have practice setting and working toward goals.  And, earning a Congressional Award can open doors toward earning scholarships (or so the website claims).  Sounds like a win-win to me.

-A

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