Student volunteer awards

Andrea McBride Vice President, Systems Pramerica Systems Ireland, Minister for Education and Skills, Jan OSullivan, TD and Education Minister, John ODowd MLA with students Melanie Scott, Our Lady and St Patricks Knock, 2014 finalist and Orla Jackman, Tullow Community School, 2013 winner at the launch of the 2015 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells Photography 2014
Laois post primary students who volunteer in their community, at school or abroad, are being invited to enter a national competition with cash prizes totalling €12,000 and a trip to the United States.

Laois post primary students who volunteer in their community, at school or abroad, are being invited to enter a national competition with cash prizes totalling €12,000 and a trip to the United States.

Students are being encouraged to enter the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD.

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to contribute to your local community and make a real difference. These awards recognise and honour volunteers, so I would encourage students to enter and I wish them the very best of luck.” she said.

To apply for a 2015 award, students must download the application at www.pramerica.ie/spirit, and then submit the completed form to their school principal by October 24. Principals have until 7 November to nominate students for national-level recognition. Every school can submit a maximum of two applications.

Twenty finalists will be selected and each will win a cash prize of €500, an invitation to the Gala Awards dinner and recognition for their school. Two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be selected, each receiving €1,000 for their chosen charity and a trip to the US.