Michigan Student Service Award (MSSA)

What is the Michigan Student Service Award?

The Michigan Student Service Award (MSSA) Program is a way of recognizing high school graduates who volunteer a significant number of hours to benefit their community through service and volunteerism during the course of their high school careers.

Similar to other awards bestowed on graduating seniors, the Student Service Award honors those special students who participate in over 400 hours of service. Each student that fulfills the program requirements during the course of their high school career receives: a Michigan Student Service Award Medallion of Distinction, a Certificate of Distinction for commitment to service from HandsOn Battle Creek and Volunteer Centers of Michigan that is signed by the Governor, and inclusion in community-wide recognition efforts in the media and on Hands On Battle Creek’s  website.

How can you get involved?

If you are a current Battle Creek area high school student and would like to enroll in the Michigan Student Service Award program, please print and complete the application and return to the HandsOn Battle Creek office. After we have verified that we have received your application (a letter will be sent to you), you may begin documenting and collecting your 400 service hours.

How do you log your hours?

If you have received your confirmation letter once we have received your application, you can begin recording your 400 hours of service. We will note your application date and all service hours must be completed AFTER the marked date.  Hours must be submitted prior to graduation (deadline updated annually).

To record these hours, simply fill out the ‘Volunteer Activity Tracking Form’ linked on the right side of this page, or follow the instructions to log your hours onto the volunteer management system, GiveGab.