As we encourage states to create awards recognizing youth voter registration, many states are already leading the way, providing great examples and templates for other states to follow. Below is a list of states that offer these awards compiled by Inspire2Vote. If your state has an award that isn’t on this list, please let us know!
Colorado | Eilza Pickrell Routt Award
Eliza Pickrell Routt was the first First Lady of Colorado and this award was created in her honor. This award is presented to Colorado high schools that have 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote.
Iowa | Carrie Chapman Catt Award
Named after a founder of the League of Women Voters, schools that register to vote 90% of eligible students receive this award.
Kentucky | Georgia Davis Powers Award
Georgia Davis Powers was the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. This award is presented to Kentucky high schools that register to vote 75-100% of eligible seniors.
Nevada | Helen J. Stewart Award
Helen Stewart became the first woman elected to the Clark County School District’s Board of Trustees in 1916. The purpose of the Helen J. Stewart Award is to launch seniors from high school who are poised for civic participation in their community by encouraging voter registration among eligible Nevada high school students. High Schools that register to vote at least 85% of eligible students in the senior class qualify for the award.
Pennsylvania | Governor’s Civic Engagement Award
The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award is presented by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education. The award celebrates the efforts of Pennsylvania high school students to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process. Schools that register 65-85% of eligible students qualify for this award.
Virginia | Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge
Virginia high schools that achieve at least 65 percent registration of their eligible senior class will earn the award. The award is intended to recognize and commemorate the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process.
West Virginia | Jennings Randolph Award
Jennings Randolph is the father of the 26th Amendment and the late U.S. Senator from Harrison County, WV. In honor of Senator Randolph’s determination to get young people involved in the voting process, the Secretary of State’s office has created the Jennings Randolph Award. This award is given to high schools that have at least 85 percent of eligible students registered to vote.