President's Volunteer Service Award

After receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Saturday, December 20, 2003, singing sensation Clay Aiken passed along a significant piece of paper himself - a check for $25,000 to help recognize volunteers who assist people with developmental disabilities.

The check was presented by Aiken to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a 24-member, blue-ribbon council appointed by President Bush, at a press conference following Aiken's graduation. One of the Council's first initiatives is the President's Volunteer Service Awards, which are presented to those who demonstrate a sustained commitment to their community. The foundation's gift is specifically intended to provide awards to those who make a sustained commitment to serving those with developmental disabilities.

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation is thrilled to be collaborating with the Bubel/Aiken Foundation to provide presidential recognition to the thousands of volunteers who are joining Clay in the effort to increase awareness of the needs of young people with developmental disabilities, and opening the doors of opportunity to them," said Barbara Taylor, Executive Director of the Council, which is part of President Bush's USA Freedom Corps initiative. "We hope that others follow Clay's lead by joining in the effort to create in our nation a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility."


Clay Aiken's New Foundation Donates $25,000 To Service and Civic Participation Council

12-20-03 Press Conference to Be Held December 20, 2003, Immediately Following Clay Aiken's Graduation From UNC Charlotte With a Degree in Special Education. The Conference Will Spotlight Awards and Grants to Augment and Honor Aiken's Achievements With The Bubel/Aiken Foundation

More about these awards:

To encourage and recognize outstanding volunteer service and inspire others to volunteer, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President’s Volunteer Service Award. These Awards honor those Americans who have made serving a central part of their lives and show that when you help your neighbor, you are helping your nation.

Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President's Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service over the course of their lifetime.

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit