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Governor's Civic Engagement Award

“Voting is the foundation for political action.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GCEA news: Inspire U.S. closed its doors on in July 2019, but the Pennsylvania Department of State will continue to recognize schools and students with the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award. If you have questions about this year’s program, please contact

About the Award

The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award is presented by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire U.S.. The award recognizes and commemorates the efforts of Pennsylvania high school students to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process.

How to Qualify

Schools are recognized for registering eligible students to vote. To be eligible, students must be 18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 on or before the next election. Calculations to determine that 65% or 85% of the school’s eligible students are registered is based on the number of students who are eligible to vote in the next election.

Individual students are recognized for their efforts to register their peers to vote, and their service as poll workers. Students must be at least 17 years of age and obtain permission from their principal and parent/guardian to serve as a poll worker. Individual students must be recommended for the award by a representative from their school or the county election office. Award applications can be: 

  • Mailed to:
    Department of State, c/o Governor’s Civic Engagement Award,
    210 North Office Bldg.,
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
  • Emailed to:

Printer-friendly Pennsylvania voter education materials can be found on the Department of State's website. High schools can also sign up directly with Inspire US at: Inspire can help high schools coordinate peer-to-peer voter registration drives and Get Out the Vote events. They also provide materials and data management, and organize school celebrations and recognition events. 

Award Distinctions:


Gold Level School Award: 85% of eligible students are registered to vote.

Student ambassadors and the school will receive a plaque and certificates from the Secretary of State at a regional recognition program.


Silver Level School Award: 65% of eligible students registered to vote.

Student ambassadors and the school will receive certificates from the Secretary of State at a regional recognition program.


Individual Award: Voter registration leaders and poll workers

Individual award recipients will receive special recognition at the regional recognition program.


2018-2019 School Year
Level Award School County % Registered
SilverAlbert Gallatin Area High SchoolFayette County70
GoldBoiling Springs High SchoolCumberland County94
GoldBuilding 21 AllentownLehigh County86
SilverCanon-McMillan High School Washington County68
GoldCarlisle High SchoolCumberland County91
GoldCentral High SchoolPhiladelphia88.5
GoldConrad Weiser High SchoolBerks County92
SilverFriends Select SchoolPhiladelphia 68
GoldHaverford High SchoolDelaware County87
GoldJ.R. Masterman SchoolPhiladelphia  94
GoldKiski Area High SchoolWestmoreland County85
GoldMiddletown Area High SchoolDauphin County87
SilverMontrose Area Junior/Senior High School Susquehanna County80
SilverMorrisville High School Bucks County70
GoldMurrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High SchoolPhiladelphia 85
GoldNorthwest Area Junior/Senior High School Luzerne County100
GoldPurchase Line High SchoolIndiana County92
SilverRed Lion Area Senior High SchoolYork County75
SilverSouth Fayette High SchoolAllegheny County69
GoldSouth Williamsport Area High SchoolLycoming County86
SilverTrinity High School Washington County71
SilverWilliam W. Bodine High School for International AffairsPhiladelphia 74
GoldWyoming Valley West High SchoolLuzerne County87


2017-2018 School Year
Level Award School County % Registered
Gold Blue Ridge High School Susquehanna County89%
Gold Canon-McMillan High SchoolWashington County 99%
Gold  Carlisle High School Cumberland County 85%
Gold Conestoga High SchoolChester County86%
Gold  Derry Area High School Westmoreland County 88%
Gold Fox Chapel Area High SchoolAllegheny County85%
Gold Governor Mifflin High SchoolBerks County 87%
Gold Middletown Area High SchoolDauphin County86%
Gold Mt. Pleasant Area High SchoolWestmoreland91%
Gold  Northwest Area High School Luzerne County 95%
Gold  Purchase Line High School  Indiana and Clearfield Counties92%
Gold  Seneca Valley High School Butler County93%
GoldState College Area School District Delta ProgramCentre County93%
GoldThe Episcopal AcademyDelaware County 97%
Gold Wyoming Valley West High SchoolLuzerne County 87%
Silver University Prep Pittsburgh 67%