PVSA Official Certifying Organization, CTIThe Counterterrorism Institute has been honored with a designation as an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Established by President George W. Bush in 2002, the award is the United States’ preeminent volunteer awards program, and affords the Institute the opportunity to recognize its volunteers in a meaningful and inspirational way.

Volunteers are recognized with either the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award based on their cumulative volunteer hours over a 12 month period. Additionally, individuals who have clearly gone above and beyond the call to volunteer service may be awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for having amassed 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over their lifetime.



Award Criteria

Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.

  • Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.
  • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
  • Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
  • Service must be with an approved Certifying Organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. territories.

Qualification Chart

PVSA Chart Correct Colors

For more information, or to find out how you can help, please contact The Counterterrorism Institute via the contact box provided on this page.

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