U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced legislation today to reauthorize the Congressional Awards program, the United States Congress’s award for young Americans.
“The Congressional Award is a wonderful program that rewards students across the country for volunteerism and personal development,” Enzi said. “Every year I am amazed by the kids from Wyoming that work so hard to earn these prestigious awards. Last year, Wyoming students accounted for nearly 10 percent of all those Congressional Gold Medalists. I am proud to introduce the reauthorization of this program.”
“Senator Malcolm Wallop created the Congressional Award as an opportunity to recognize the initiative, achievement and service of young people,” Barrasso said. “This award isn’t something anyone selects you for – it is something you earn through your own perseverance and sacrifice. It’s been my privilege to witness the success of this program, both in Wyoming and around the country. Senator Enzi and I will work to make sure this incredible program continues to be around for a long time.”
First introduced by Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop in 1979, the non-partisan and voluntary program is open to everyone ages 13 1/2 to 23. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.