MSM junior recognized with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Anne Marie Coy ’21 has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award as well as a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.


The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Additionally, Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state.


An active junior at Mount St. Mary, Anne Marie has spent hundreds of hours volunteering with the Arkansas Foodbank since her passion for the organization ignited during a field trip in the fourth grade. In 2018 she spearheaded the launch of the Change for Change Campaign, a drive to collect spare change to benefit the Foodbank and raise awareness of the issue of food insecurity in Arkansas. Her project raised more than $4,000 in its first year and earned her the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser Award. After topping $8,000 in 2019, Anne Marie’s goal for this year’s Change for Change Campaign is $10,000.


In its 25th year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).


“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO Charles Lowry. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.”


“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”


Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September, and applicants’ volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards and Certificates of Excellence, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Sophomore Haley Draeger was selected as one of Arkansas’ four Distinguished Finalists and also received a President’s Volunteer Service Award.


KARK Channel 4 News recently featured Anne Marie and her Change for Change Campaign. View that Good News Matters segment here.


We applaud Anne Marie for her commitment to service and living Mercy, and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!


Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.