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PASC is proud to recognize our student leaders with a variety of programs. Please scroll or click on the links to your left to learn more about our student awards. 

Distinguished Student Leader Program

The Distinguished Student Leader Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) to motivate and challenge student leaders to extend their leadership skills and activities, and to confer PASC’s recognition upon those students who demonstrate superior leadership skills and knowledge, based upon PASC criteria and evaluation procedures. We accept applications year-round.

There is no limit on how many students can receive this recognition; all eligible students will be named PASC Distinguished Student Leaders. We encourage all eligible students to apply!

IMPORTANT: In February 2023, the PASC Executive Board created a revised application for the Distinguished Student Leader program. This new application can be submitted immediately. The previous application will be accepted through August 31, 2023, at which point it will be retired. 

If you have any questions about which application to submit, please contact 



Sofia Beard, Red Lion HS

Anna Pencek, North Pocono HS

Alexis Quach, Whitehall HS

Grace Reid-Vensel, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Carissa Stefanski, North Pocono HS

Mikayla Warren, Whitehall HS


PASC Distinguished Student Leader Program

National Student Council (NatStuCo) Distinguished Student Leader Program

In addition to the PASC Distinguished Student Leader Award, there is also the National Student Council (NatStuCo) Distinguished Student Leader Program. The NatStuCo program is a rigorous and challenging skill- and knowledge-based recognition program created to identify outstanding individual student council leaders in high schools. Students who earn the NatStuCo Distinguished Student Leader designation have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities.

In seeking recognition, students will complete a variety of tasks focused on building leadership knowledge and improving skills. Students will keep a record of activities and show they’ve met the award criteria by creating a personal leadership portfolio. This portfolio will also serve as a valuable record of their achievements and commitment as a leader—something they may refer to often when they’re applying for college and scholarships.

We encourage our members to consider applying for this program, and ask you please notify us at if you receive this recognition!

NatStuCo Distinguished Student Leader Program

National Student Council (NatStuCo) Emerging Student Leader Program

In addition to the National Student Council (NatStuCo) Distinguished Student Leader Program, NatStuCo also offers the Emerging Student Leader program for middle level students. This program provides middle level students have their own recognition program that identifies outstanding student council leaders who have made significant strides in developing their skills as young leaders. Students who earn the Emerging Student Leader designation have shown strong leadership aptitude and a willingness to continue improving.

The Emerging Student Leader recognition program:

  • Provides students and advisers with a set of criteria specifically selected for middle level leaders that identifies basic knowledge, skills, and behaviors that foster leadership development in early adolescents

  • Challenges students to extend and personalize their student council experience by striving to meet the NatStuCo criteria

  • Advances middle level leaders in their aspirations to be effective high school student leaders

  • Cultivates better leaders earlier in their academic careers, ultimately improving the culture of your student council and creating exemplary role models for other students

We encourage our members to consider applying for this program, and ask you please notify us at if you receive this recognition!

NatStuCo Emerging Student Leader Program


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program will award scholarships to students recognized for their dedication and selfless commitment to volunteerism.  Eligible students must currently be in grades 5-12 and must be engaged in an act of volunteerism that has occurred, at least in part, during the twelve months prior to the application date.  Programs could be done in or out of school.  All middle level and high school throughout Pennsylvania will receive program information and applications in early September.  

What do honorees win?

  • Students chosen as Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify (50 hours of service for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older) also receive the President's Volunteer Service Award.

  • State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.

  • National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice.

Prudential Spirit Awards




The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the United States Senate Youth Program, a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service.

The program is merit based and highly competitive. The United States Senate Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high-school students—two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity—during an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. In addition, each student receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

For more information, please click on the link below.

US Senate Youth Program
Governor's Civic Engagement Award

Governor's Civic Engagement Award - Individual Recognition

PASC is proud to work with the Pennsylvania Department of State to promote civic engagement. The Department of State annually offers the Governor's Civic Engagement Award (GCEA). The GCEA is an opportunity for recognition for both councils as well as individuals. For the individual award, a student must perform two actions:

  1. Assist with voter registration at their school.

  2. Serve as a poll worker in an election.

The GCEA is awarded annually in the spring, and we encourage all students to participate in the process. If you are interested in learning more about the GCEA, please click on the link below to be redirected to our Civic Engagement page. 

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