Varsity Letter in Community Service
Earn a Varsity Letter in Community Service! Students who volunteer 250 or more hours of service while in high school can earn their school varsity letter, the same as those earned by athletes and musicians.
Attention! Program requirements have changed this school year. The Varsity Letter in Community Service is now intended to recognize a student’s commitment to service over their full high school career.
Class of 2020 only! Due to the program changes, you have the option to apply for a single year Varsity Letter under the previous year’s hours requirements instead (145 service hours total, including 50 non-school service hours). You must still meet the updated 2.5 GPS requirement.
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a student in grades 9-12 in a North Thurston Public School
- Complete at least 250 hours of verifiable community service from Sept 1 of your 9th grade year through April 1 of your 12th grade year (not including hours needed for graduation)
- Have at least 100 hours of service with a single organization or school to demonstrate commitment to a specific cause or activity
- Have at least one NTPS school-related service activity
- Meet the 2.5 GPA requirement
- Complete a short reflection on your experiences in volunteer service
Want to apply?
- Download an application (PDF)
- Complete the application using the fillable PDF form, or print neatly in ink
- Make a copy of your entire application for your records
- Applications must be received by April 10, 2020 (submit by mail, email, or deliver in person)
North Thurston Public Schools
305 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516
What to expect after you apply:
- You will be notified upon receipt of your application via email or phone by April 17, 2020
- You will be notified of your award status no later than May 8, 2020
- Varsity Letters will be awarded in late May or early June, and must be picked up at your school
Questions? Contact Merry Sam, Volunteer Liaison, at (360) 412-4451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for Frequently Asked Questions.
Varsity Letter FAQ
What type of volunteer work counts as a school-related activity and how many hours do I need?
Can I count hours volunteered with my church?
Can I count hours volunteered on a church mission trip?
Can I count hours volunteered as a camp counselor?
Can I count hours from school club activities?
Can I count hours volunteered with an organization that I am a member of (ex. Boy/Girl Scouts)?
Can I count hours volunteered as a sports manager with my school’s team?
Can I count hours volunteered babysitting or performing yard or house work?
Can I count hours volunteered fostering animals through a non-profit animal agency?
Can one of my guardians be the contact for the verification of my volunteer hours?
Can I count community service hours required for graduation toward a Varsity Letter?
Can I count community service hours required for a class toward a Varsity Letter?
Can I count hours spent job-shadowing?