WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King recently announced that The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its 20th annual search for Maine’s top youth volunteers. The program, which recognizes two students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service, will solicit applications from Maine residents in grades 5-12 until Nov. 4. Students who are interested in applying or those seeking more information are encouraged to visit spirit.prudential.com.

Maine’s top middle level and high school youth volunteers for 2015 will be announced next Feb. 10 and brought to Washington May 2-5 for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia. Winners from Maine last year included Sarah Caldwell of Falmouth and Brianna Jack of Baileyville who were honored in Washington, D.C., for their outstanding community service.

Established in 1995, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has grown into the nation’s largest youth recognition program based entirely on community service.