PSATS Award Programs


Township officials and staff do great work, and PSATS wants to make sure its member townships receive the recognition they deserve. That's why the Association is proud to present the following awards. Click below for a brochure or entry form with more details, as well as recent winners, and read on for more information.

Most of the honors are presented at the Association's annual statewide conference, held each spring in Hershey.
Check out the following summaries to learn more about eligibility, submission, and deadline requirements. 


Citizen Communication Contest

Purpose: To recognize member townships for their efforts to communicate with residents. PSATS has been doing just that for 45 years.

Eligible Entrants: PSATS member townships that publish print or electronic newsletters, annual reports, and other publications; have a website or use social media; or develop content for cable TV.

Awards: Thirty awards in 11 categories are up for grabs, and the winners receive a framed certificate and coverage in the Township News. All entrants also compete for the annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, which is presented at PSATS’ Annual Conference to one township that shows an exceptional commitment to keeping its residents informed.

Deadlines: The Association will begin accepting entries in the summer for its 2014-2015 contest. To be eligible, publications must have been produced between September 1, 2014, and August 30, 2015. The deadline for entries will be August 31, 2015. Awards will be mailed to the winners in November, and PSATS will also announce those winners in an article in the Township News.

For more information:

  • Check back in June 2015 for the Citizen Communication Contest rules.
  • Contact Brenda Wilt, PSATS Associate Editor, phone (717) 763-0930, ext. 123, fax (717) 763-9732, email bwilt@psats.org.

PSATS Youth Awards

Purpose: To recognize youth groups that make valuable and lasting contributions to improve life in Pennsylvania’s townships of the second class. The awards program encourages greater youth involvement in township government.

Eligible Entrants: All youth groups, such as 4-H clubs, Scout troops, school groups, and civic service club youth organizations from elementary school through grade 12, are eligible. The association of township officials in the entrant’s county must nominate the group for the award. The county association may initiate the nomination or the youth group may ask to be nominated.

Eligible projects must have been undertaken during the contest year, September 1 to August 1. Multi-year, ongoing projects also are eligible provided part of the project occurred during the contest year.

The project must have a major impact on townships of the second class and should provide youth group members with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of township government as well as develop a sense of personal and group achievement. Projects also should enhance the group members’ communication skills, their understanding of the decision-making process, and citizenship responsibilities.

The following is a list of some eligible projects and ideas:

  • Community beautification, clean-up and fix-up of buildings, and litter clean-up projects;

  • Direct services to residents of the community, such as the elderly, children, the disabled and hospitalized, and the underprivileged;

  • Fund-raising projects for worthy causes;

  • Soil and water conservation, environmental protection, and recycling;

  • Voter registration and assisting in the election process;

  • Safety and recreation projects;

  • Blood donation and first aid projects; and

  • Projects that help to finance local government programs.

How to Enter: Official entry forms are mailed to county associations, Boy and Girl Scout troops, schools, and 4-H clubs statewide in May. Forms can also be obtained by calling PSATS at (717) 763-0930.

To enter, a group should complete the official form and have it signed by the group’s youth project or activity chairman, the group’s volunteer leader, and the chairman of the township board of supervisors.

Entrants should then submit the entry form along with documentation of the project to the county association of township officials.          

Judging Criteria: To be eligible, all projects must involve youth in the planning and implementation. They must have a major impact on townships of the second class and should provide the youth group members with an opportunity to “learn by doing.”

Awards: Four winners will be chosen to receive a framed certificate, a cash reward of $500, and coverage of their winning entry in the Association’s monthly magazine, the Pennsylvania Township News, and in their local newspapers.

Deadline for Entry: All youth groups must submit their entry form to the president of the county association of township officials by August 1.

County associations of township officials must submit the entry form to the state association by August 15.

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President's Leadership Award

Purpose: To recognize a township supervisor and a secretary or manager each year who have initiated significant programs or projects that have benefited their township and whose service to the township exhibits the highest standards of dedication, creativity, and leadership.

Examples of such achievements include local government cost-cutting, coordination of a major local volunteer effort, the advancement of township goals in the state or federal legislature, the establishment of new local services or programs, or the successful implementation of local development projects.

The winners are presented with an award in front of thousands of township officials at the Association's annual conference each spring  in Hershey. They also receive coverage in the Pennsylvania Township News, the Association's monthly magazine.

Eligible Entrants: To be eligible for nomination, individual township supervisors, secretaries, and managers must have been in office or employed by the township in calendar year 2014 and must still be employed or in office at the time of the April 2015 award presentation. Supervisors and employees who plan to retire at the end of 2013 will not be considered.

Entrants must be from a member township of the State Association and nominated by an elected official of the same township or by an officer of their county association of township officials. An individual may be nominated for recent or lifetime achievements. Anyone who has been nominated for the award and did not win is eligible to be nominated again. Two winners will be selected: one supervisor and one secretary or manager. The Association reserves the right to decline to bestow an award in either or both categories if the nominations fail to meet the judges' minimum standards.

How to Enter: To nominate someone for the President's Leadership Award, you must fill out an official application, which is mailed to PSATS' member townships and county associations each November.

Documentation: Anyone making a nomination must submit at least two letters of recommendation from state legislators, county commissioners, civic leaders, or heads of organizations the nominee is involved with. You may also submit commendations, newspaper articles, township newsletters, videotapes, or any other proof of the nominee’s accomplishments, as well as a photo of the nominee.

Judging Criteria: Entries will be judged on the complexity of the problem(s) addressed; measurable improvements resulting from the accomplishment; use of original, innovative, or creative approaches and solutions; and the long-term or lasting benefit of the nominee's accomplishments.

Deadline for Entry: January 30, 2015

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Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award

Purpose: To recognize townships that have undertaken road or bridge improvement projects to increase public safety.

The contest is sponsored by PSATS, the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and awards are presented at PSATS' Annual Educational Conference each April in Hershey.

Eligible Projects: Road and bridge improvement projects in which all or most of the work was completed within the previous year are eligible for the contest. The competition recognizes not only major, high-cost projects, but also any improvements that have increased public safety.

How to Enter: Application brochures are mailed to townships in December. Townships must complete the form and return it to PennDOT by the indicated deadline.

Entries must include the following:

  • A brief introduction, overview, or summary of the project. Be succinct and brief but provide the basic information about the municipality involved, location, timeframe, etc.
  • Photos of the completed project. ("Before" photos are helpful but not mandatory.)
  • Contact information for the person who can answer any follow-up questions and receive notification of any awards won.

Judging Criteria: Judges will look at how the project improved safety for motorists, pedestrians, and/or other roadway users; how the funding package was put together and funds were allocated; how the project benefited the community and/or the local economy; and how the project fit into the township's comprehensive plan and how the township worked with other government units, organizations, businesses, etc. to complete the project.

 All projects must comply with PennDOT Publication 408 standards.

Deadline for Entry: Early March 2015.

For more information:

  • Check back soon for the 2015 guidelines and entry form.
  •  Contact Brenda Wilt, PSATS Associate Editor, phone (717) 763-0930, ext. 123, fax (717) 763-9732, email bwilt@psats.org.