Volunteer Scholars was established in 2022 to encourage volunteerism, leadership, and scholarship among students. The founder of Volunteer Scholars, Jennifer Grove-Bradshaw has been a leader in education since 2012. She has been a certifier for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards since 2017 and the American Citizenship Award since 2019. Originally, certifying for only a small, select population of students in northern Virginia, Ms. Bradshaw was touched by the overwhelming interest from around the country by students who desired- and deserved- recognition with these prestigious awards. Learning that most certifying organizations are very limited in their reach, Ms. Bradshaw set out to create a nationwide network of volunteers committed to community service and citizenship. Volunteer Scholars is supported by a team of reviewers and advisors who have among themselves decades of experience serving as volunteers and coordinating other volunteers.

Following are some statistics on the awards and student members in recent years and organizations that volunteers have worked with.

Volunteer Scholars: 2022-23 Award StatisticsNumber
Number of Volunteer Scholars117
Number Earning PVSA Gold for 2022-2369
Number Earning PVSA Silver for 2022-2312
Number Earning PVSA Bronze for 2022-2326
Number Earning ACA for 2022-2316
Number of Kids (ages 6-10)12
Number of Teens (ages 11-15)81
Number of Young Adults (ages 16-18)24
Total Number of Volunteer Hours Worked 2023-2314,170
Number of Benefitting Organizations324

Search below for the organizations supported by our volunteers:

Alabama
  • University of Alabama GenCyber Camps (Huntsville)
California
  • AAPI Youth Rising (Berkeley)
  • Age Well Center (Freemont)
  • Cakes4Kids (Sunnyvale)
  • Cupertino High School Rotary Club (Cupertino)
  • Design Institute  (San Diego)
  • Dreams For Change (San Diego)
  • Environmental Volunteers (EVOL) (Palo Alto)
  • Florence Fang Community Farm (San Francisco)
  • Golden State Youth Orchestra (Palo Alto)
  • Hands On Sandiego (San Diego)
  • Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos)
  • Human Good Senior Living (Duarte)
  • Irvine Novaquatics (Irvine)
  • MiraCosta College Black Alliance Group (Oceanside)
  • Porch Light Communities (San Diego)
  • Ronald McDonald House of San Diego (Encinitas)
  • Smithsonian 2023 Folklife Festival (San Jose)
  • South Asian Heart Center  (Mountain View)
  • Taema Taekwondo (San Jose)
  • TogetherSF, RefuseSF, San Fracisco Public Works (San Francisco)
  • Young Community Leaders Incubator Non-Profit (Cupertino)
Colorado
  • A Precious Child (Broomfield)
  • Backpack Society (Highlands Ranch)
  • Beyond Hunger (Denver)
  • Nourish Meals on Wheels (Littleton)
  • Project Angel Heart (Denver)
  • Wish of a Lifetime from AARP-Cupid Crew (Denver)
  • YMCA of Southwest Denver (Denver)
Connecticut
  • ENGin, Global Non-Profit for Ukraine (Stamford)
District of Columbia
  • Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (Washington)
  • Lutheran Social Services Backpacks for Refugees Drive (Washington)
  • Martha’s Table Service Project at St. Mary’s (Washington)
  • Smithsonian Associates (Washington)
  • World Central Kitchen (Washington)
  • Wreaths Across America (Washington)
Florida
  • Anne Kolb Nature Center (Hollywood)
  • Broward Schools (Fort Lauderdale)
  • CSX Pride in Service (Jacksonville)
  • Feeding South Florida (Pembroke Park)
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (Lakeland)
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Southwest Ranches)
  • New Horizon Methodist Church (Southwest Ranches)
  • Nourishing Lives (Southwest Ranches)
  • Nova Southeastern University – NSU (Davie)
  • Ronald McDonald East House of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic/Pantry (St. Petersburg)
Georgia
  • American Heritage Girls Troop GA-0594 (Buford)
  • American Legion Post 515 (Douglas)
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Group of Coffee County (Douglas)
  • Citizens Christian Academy Preschool Program (Douglas)
  • City of Douglas Recreation Department (Douglas)
  • Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas)
  • Douglas Fire Department (Douglas)
  • Douglas Lions Club (Douglas )
  • Food Bank of Coffee County (Douglas)
  • Innovation Academy Quiz Bowl (Alpharetta)
Idaho
  • City of Coeur D’Alene (Coeur d’Alene)
Illinois
  • Concordia Village Lutheran Senior Services (Springfield)
  • Franklin Middle School Beta Club (Springfield)
  • HSHS St Johns Hospital (Springfield)
  • Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center (Springfield)
  • NorthSouth Foundation (Burr Ridge)
Iowa
  • White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow (Des Moines)
Maryland
  • 4-H of Frederick County (Fredericksburg)
  • Eagles Swim Team (Owings Mills)
  • First Tee of Howard County (Columbia)
  • Healthcare For The Homeless (Rockville)
  • Howard County General Hospital (Columbia)
  • Inner County Outreach (Aberdeen)
  • Jewish Community Center of Baltimore (Baltimore)
  • Key Club Glenelg High School (Glenelg)
  • Leisure World Retirement Community Chess Club (Silver Spring)
  • Lorien Nursing Home (Columbia)
  • Montgomery County Library (Montgomery County)
  • New Visions Church (Bowie)
  • Potomac Conservancy (Silver Spring)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore (Baltimore)
  • Shady Grove Elementary School (Baltimore)
  • The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) (Baltimore)
  • The Joyful Child Foundation (Baltimore)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (College Park)
  • Waverly Woods Swim Team (Marriottsville)
Massachusetts
  • Bristol Lodge Family Shelter (Waltham)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Burlington)
  • My Brother’s Table (Lynn)
  • Sharon Public Library (Sharon)
  • Wellesley College Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab (Wellesley)
  • West Roxbury VA Hospital (West Roxbury)
  • Center For Development Economics Williams College (Willimastown)
  • Kids 4 Harmony (Pittsfield)
  • Second Congregational Church (Palmer)
  • Second Story (Palmer)
  • Take & Eat Program (Pittsfield)
Michigan
  • CARES of Farmington Hills (Farmington Hills)
  • Community Bible Church Outreach (Brighton)
  • Forgotten Harvest (Oakpark)
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank (Detroit)
  • Northville Educational Foundation (Northville)
  • Novi Rotary Club (Novi)
Minnesota
  • Feed My Starving Children (Coon Rapids )
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
Missouri
  • SHARE of McLean (Kansas City)
  • Youth and Family Center, Downtown (St. Louis)
New Jersey
  • VT Seva (Volunteering Together for Service) (Princeton )
  • Bernards Parents for Exceptional Children (Basking Ridge)
  • Civil Air Patrol (Millville)
  • Code Blue of Vineland (Salem County)
  • Color-a-Smile (Morristown)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Raritan Valley (Manville)
  • Huaxia Edison Chinese School (Plainsboro)
  • Impact Chess (Princeton)
  • Knit Crochet With Love (Bernards)
  • Lawlor Lights/ Toys for Tots (Pittsgrove)
  • Legal Services of New Jersey (Mount Holly)
  • Monroe Sports Center (Monroe)
  • New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, DMAVA (Vineland)
  • Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (Bridgewater)
  • Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center (Millville)
  • Special Strides (Monroe)
New York
  • Adirondack Mountain Club (Lake Placid)
  • America’s Vet Dogs (Smithtown)
  • Be a Friend Project (Beacon)
  • CFC International (St. James)
  • Friends of Rabbits (Lake Placid)
  • Guiding Eyes For The Blind (Yorktown Heights)
  • Sunrise Day Camp of Long Island (Wyandanch)
  • Girl Scouts of America (New York City)
North Carolina
  • Backpack For Appalachia (Cary)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties (Durham)
  • Duringham Perfoming Arts Center (Durham)
  • Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines Council (Raleigh)
  • India Association of Charlotte (Charlotte)
  • Operation Christmas Child of Samaritan’s Purse (Boone)
  • Rise Against Hunger (Raleigh)
  • Triangle YMCA Leaders Club (Raleigh)
Pennsylvania
  • Allderdice Steel Dragons Robotics Team (Pittsburg)
  • American Legion Post 982 (Lathrobe)
  • Animal House Project (Pottstown)
  • Blacktop Basketball League at Reading City Park (Reading)
  • Boyertown Public Library (Boyerton)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg)
  • Cecil & Grace Bean Soup Kitchen (Norristown)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  • Daily Bread Community Food Pantry (Collegeville)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Chester County (Phoenixville)
  • Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum (Horsham)
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburg (Pittsburg)
  • Julia’s Grace Foundation (Royersford)
  • LeMoyne Center Camp Challenge (Washington)
  • Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute (Philadelphia)
  • Pottstown Historical Society (Pottstown)
  • Samuel Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project (Pittsburg)
  • SERTOMA (Service To Mankind) (Pittsburg)
  • Shadyside Boys & Girls Club (Pittsburg)
  • Team Children (Prussia)
  • Titanium Titans Inc (Washington)
South Carolina
  • Greenville County Library (Greenville)
  • Greenville Tamil Sangam (Greenville)
  • Imagine Upstate Greenville Downtown (Greenville)
  • Neighborhood Focus (Greenville)
Tennessee
  • Appalachia Service Project (Johnson City)
  • Memphis Rox Coat Drive (Memphis)
  • Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) (Memphis)
  • Moondance Adventures Fiji Service Program (Nashville)
Texas
  • FamilyPoint Resources (Houston)
  • Fern Bluff Elementary School (Round Rock)
  • Frisco Family Services (Frisco)
  • Houston Zoo (Houston)
  • Round Rock High School Gay Straight Alliance (Round Rock)
  • Soldiers Angels (San Antonio)
  • Williamson County Teen Court (Williamson)
Vermont
  • Burlington City Conservation Board (Burlington)
  • Craftsbury Academy (Craftsbury Commons)
  • DREAM Americorps (Burlington)
  • Outright Vermont (Burlington)
  • Rice Memorial High School (Burlington)
  • Salvation Army of Greater Vermont (Burlington)
  • Spectrum Youth Services (Burlington)
Virginia
  • 4-H of Fairfax Virginia (Fairfax)
  • 4H of Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)
  • Accotink Stream Valley Park (Springfield)
  • Adham Sahebzadah (McLean)
  • American Foundation for The Blind (Arlington)
  • American Legion Post 176 (Springfield)
  • Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (Alexandria)
  • Anna Sudha Community Kitchens (Sterling)
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center (Arlington)
  • Bounce Gymnastics (Alexandria)
  • Brisbane Homeless Shelter (Fredericksburg)
  • Burke Community Church (Burke)
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond (Richmond)
  • Citizens in Need Greater Fredericksburg Region (Fredericksburg)
  • Citizens of Harissonburg (Harrissonburg)
  • Cornerstone Chapel (Leesburg)
  • David A. Kaechele Elementary (Glen Allen)
  • Dulles South Food Pantry (Dulles)
  • Duncan Library (Alexandria)
  • ECHO Food Pantry (Springfield)
  • FACETS/Fairfax County Homeless (Fairfax)
  • Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax)
  • Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Fairfax)
  • Fairfax County Parks & Recreation, Invasive Species Removal (Fairfax)
  • Family and Community Engagement (FACE) (Arlington )
  • Fellowship Square (Reston)
  • Food For Neighbors (Herndon)
  • Fredericksburg Fairgrounds (Fredricksburg)
  • Fredericksburg Food Pantry (Fredricksburg)
  • Friends of King Park Library (Fairfax)
  • Froggy’s Closet (Winchester)
  • Frying Pan Park (Fairfax)
  • Gadsby Tavern Museum (Alexandria)
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon)
  • Geroge Washington Middle School (Alexandria)
  • Goose Greek Friends Meeting (Purcellville)
  • Green and Beyond (Ashburn)
  • Greenbriar Dolphins Winter Swim (Fairfax)
  • Hardwork Marshall Arts (Sterling )
  • Harisonburg Climate Farm (Harrissonburg)
  • Harisonburg Fire Department (Harrissonburg)
  • Heatherwood Retirement Community (Burke)
  • Henrico County Library (Henrico Co)
  • Herdon Fortnightly Library (Fairfax )
  • Herndon Youth Soccer (Herdon)
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center (Springfield)
  • Horizons Kids Camp (Fairfax)
  • Izaak Walton League – Alexandria Chapter (Alexandria)
  • Kids Give Back (Richmond)
  • Lakeside Senior Living Center (Richmond)
  • Langley High School Boys Basketball (McLean)
  • League of Women Voters (Leesburg)
  • Leesburg Town Council (Leesburg)
  • Leesburg United Methodist Church (Leesburg)
  • Lorton Action Center (Lorton)
  • Lorton Community Center (Lorton)
  • Loudoun Arts For All (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun County Animal Services (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun County Public Library (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun County School Board (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun Homeless Shelter (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun Office of Elections (Loudoun County)
  • Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (Loudoun County)
  • Mariner’s Museum (Newport News)
  • Mason Neck State Park (Lorton)
  • Mobile Hope (Leesburg)
  • Ms Tio’s Art Camp (Alexandria)
  • Nysmith School Debate Club (Herndon)
  • Open Door Presbyterian Church (Herndon)
  • Operation Remember (Winchester)
  • Patrick Henry Library (Vienna)
  • Patriot Pawsabilities (Fairfax)
  • Piney Branch Stream Valley Park Habitat Restoration (Fairfax)
  • Pleasant Valley Recreation Association (Chantilly)
  • Pleasant Valley Recreation Piranhas Swim Team (Chantilly)
  • Poplar Tree PTA (Chantilly)
  • Purcellville Library (Purcellville)
  • Richmond Sikh Gurdwara (Richmond)
  • Richmond Thiruvaiyaru Music Dance (Richmond)
  • Ride-On Ranch (Louvettsville)
  • Riverbend Park (Fairfax)
  • Science National Honor Society of Glen Allen High School (Glen Allen)
  • Sci-Tech Discovery Center Museum (Glen Allen)
  • Seed School (Dun Loring)
  • Sharks Ice (McLean)
  • Soaring Arrows 4-H Club (Winchester)
  • South Manatee Library (Bradenton)
  • Sports Backers (Richmond)
  • Spotsylvania County Social Services (Spotsylvania)
  • Spotsylvania Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management (Spotsylvania)
  • Spotsylvania Office of Community Development (Spotsylvania)
  • Spotsylvania School Board (Fredericksburg)
  • Spotsylvania Township (Spotsylvania)
  • Springhill RECenter (McLean)
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (Purcellville)
  • Stingray All Stars (Ashburn)
  • Sugar Run Stream Valley Park (Herndon)
  • Town of Leesburg (Leesburg)
  • Tree of Life Food Pantry (Purcellville)
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office (Alexandria)
  • Virginia Ballet Company & School (Fairfax)
  • Warm The Children, Sunrise Family Resource Center (McLean)
  • Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor (Manassas)
  • Arlington Diocesse Work Camp (Arlington)
  • Atlantic Outreach Group (Richmond)
  • Potomac Marlins Swim Club (Alexandria)
  • TEAMSEAS (Arlington)
  • Aarondale Assisted Living (Springfield)
  • Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) (Annandale)
  • Autism Society of Central Virginia (Richmond)
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School (Glen Allen)
Washington
  • Boys & Girls Club of Sammamish (Sammamish)
  • East Lake High School (Sammamish)
  • Habor View Medical Center (Seattle)
  • Hopelink (Redmond)
  • Kids Coming Together (Redmond)
  • King County Library System (Issaquah)
  • Model United Nations Northwest  (Seattle)
  • The First Tee of Greater Seattle  (Seattle)
West Virginia
  • Martinsburg VA Hospital (Martinsburg)
International
  • Colegio Juan Pablo II (Leon Gto., Mexico)
  • Hogar Rosario del Rio (Aculco, Mexico)
  • Karmiel Community Center (Karmiel, Israel)
  • Pantry Packers (Karmiel, Israel)
  • Ruth Daniel Residence (Tel-Aviv Yafo, Israel)
  • Society For The Advancement of The Rural People of India (Karnataka, India)
  • Yugo Ministries (Chula Vista, Mexico)
Virtual
  • DoSomething.org
  • LearnToBe.org
  • Zooniverse
  • Best Seeds
  • Letters Against Isolation
  • Love for our Elders
  • Love Letters for Literacy