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.

        •   PSATS Youth Awards (suspended in 2020) 

The annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Awards, sponsored by PSATS, the Pa. Highway Information Association (PHIA), and PennDOT, are normally presented at the PSATS Annual Educational Conference during the Excellence Awards ceremony. However, due to the cancellation of the 2020 conference, the Association traveled to the winning townships to present the awards. To view the presentations, click on the images below. 



Most of the PSATS awards 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  NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN! 

Purpose: To recognize member townships for their efforts to communicate with residents. PSATS has been doing just that for 53 years.

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

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 two townships (one with a population over 5K and one with a population of 5K or under) that show an exceptional commitment to keeping their residents informed.

Deadlines: Nominations are due October 30, 2020.

For more information:

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, July 1 to June 31. 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: Flyers and promotional materials are mailed to county associations, Boy and Girl Scout troops, schools, and 4-H clubs statewide each spring. The guidelines and entry form are available to download each spring.

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 their respective county association of township officials for the president's signature.          

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 award 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: The application period is closed.

For more information:

  • The 2020 contest has been postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Contact Brenda Wilt, PSATS Assistant Editor, phone (717) 763-0930, ext. 123, email


President's Leadership Award  NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN!

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 2020 and must still be employed or in office at the time of the April 2021 award presentation. Supervisors and employees who plan to retire at the end of 2020 will not be considered.

Entrants must be from a member township of the State Association and nominated by an 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. The application is also available to download as a fillable PDF.

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: Nominations are due January 29, 2021.

For more information:

Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Awards

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/January. 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: The nomination period is closed.

For more information:

  • Check back in December 2020 for the guidelines and entry form.
  •  Contact Brenda Wilt, PSATS Assistant Editor, phone (717) 763-0930, ext. 123, email