Delaware Volunteer Credit 

Questions? Email us at dhss_VolunteerDelaware@state.de.us

The DVC was established by the Delaware General Assembly in 1998, allows students grades 9-12 to earn one elective credit towards graduation upon completing 90 hours of community service during two semesters. The semesters do not have to be consecutive or in the same calendar year. Hours must be performed outside the student's regularly scheduled school day. Volunteer hours completed as part of a service group requirement may also be used towards the Delaware Volunteer Credit. Volunteer activity cannot be political or advocacy in nature. Hours must be performed at a non-profit agency in Delaware . Service must be approved by the State Office of Volunteerism. Those not previously approved will be contacted to research their ability to meet the criteria for the credit. Questions? Contact Clare Garrison at 255-9899.

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Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA)
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. Volunteer Delaware is a certifying organization for the PVSA in Delaware. If you have any questions, please visit the FAQ page, or contact Clare Garrison at 255-9899.


Volunteer Scholarship Information
Community service scholarships reward you for helping others. It’s a nice way of doing well by doing good. In addition to the resources listed below, students who are involved in volunteering and community service should ask whether there are any awards available at the location where they perform their community service. It is quite common for hospitals and nursing homes, veterans groups, churches, mosques and synagogues, historical societies, fraternal organizations and other community service organizations to provide scholarships to recognize outstanding community service by young volunteers.

  • Fast Web lists many national volunteer scholarships, awards, as well as some local ones as well.
  • The Human Ecology Foundation empowers students to advance the human condition, stewardship of global resources, and serving the community.  Based in Delaware, the Foundation awards scholarships to students from 7th grade to college