Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth.

The Congressional Award

The United States Congress established The Congressional Award in 1979 (Public Law 96-114) to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people. It began as a bipartisan effort in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The original bill was sponsored by Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming and Congressman James Howard of New Jersey.

The Congressional Award provides a structure for young Americans to learn the value of service, personal development, fitness, and citizenship through character forming experiences that shape tomorrow’s leaders and our country’s future.


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Ways You Can Support

Sponsor an event.
As the only charity of Congress, Congressional Award events are held throughout the year with Members of the House and Senate. The program is completely non-political, nonpartisan, and bicameral. The four anchor events in DC include the Chiefs of Staff Poker Tournament, Golf Classic, Congressional Leadership Reception in the US Capitol, and the Gold Medal Ceremony.  State events are held throughout the year to honor students across the country.

Become a package sponsor.
Considered the best overall value, donors enjoy an array of events throughout the year which include golf slots, poker seats, dinner tickets and admission at state events, all year long. Benefits correspond to sponsorship level, available upon request.

Collaborate with our team as a strategic partner.
Aligning with the CSR or philanthropic goals of our corporate partners, The Congressional Award works to develop curriculum, programming, and exposure opportunities for students.  Critical programming areas include:

  • Health Equity & Accessibility
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Communication & Teamwork
  • Pathways to Career
  • Mental & Emotional Health
  • Food Insecurity & Sustainability

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