Thursday, 3 November 2016

Application window opens for the 2017 'Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards'

Saina Nehwal, Olympic medalist and former World No.1 badminton player appointed as Programme Ambassador

Gurgaon: The 2017 'Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards' (SOCA) programme organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI) in India now invites individual and group applications from students in Classes VI-XII, who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through consistent volunteer community service. The top two individual category winners will receive medallions, cash prizes and a return trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2017. Members of the Best Group entry will receive medallions and a cash prize to be shared amongst them.

The application forms for SOCA can be filled online or downloaded from The last date for submission of completed and certified applications is December 31, 2016.

Saina Nehwal, Olympic medalist, recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Khel Ratna, and former World No. 1 badminton player has been signed up as the Programme Ambassador for this year's awards programme. Ms. Nehwal’s appointment will be supplemented with a digital and radio campaign in order to encourage existing youth volunteers to apply, as well as inspire others to start volunteering.

Announcing the launch of the 2017 'Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards' programme, Mr. Anoop Pabby, Managing Director & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Ltd., said, "We are delighted to have Ms. Saina Nehwal onboard as the Programme Ambassador for the 2017 ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards’. Saina is an inspiration for youngsters, who view her as a perfect role model for achieving laurels for the nation through her perseverance and skill as a world class badminton player. However, not many are aware of her unflinching support towards numerous social causes. In its seventh year, SOCA along with Ms. Nehwal, will be searching for India’s top youth volunteers across the country.”

Talking about her role as the SOCA programme ambassador, Ms. Saina Nehwal said, "Being associated with the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards that celebrates young change makers, is a matter of pride for me. I am amazed to see the remarkable contributions of past winners and participants of this programme. Despite their packed schedules which include pursuing studies, sports, and other hobbies, these young children have shown kindness, generosity, and above all the indomitable selfless spirit of youth by contributing to their communities.”

Over the last six years, more than 23,000 students across 1200 schools have participated in SOCA by sending in their applications and 500+ students have been recognized for their community service efforts.

About the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards (SOCA)
Introduced in 2010 in India, ‘The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards' is an annual nationwide search to identify and recognize school students who have made a positive difference in their communities through voluntary community service.

The prestigious awards programme organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (DPLI) is the India chapter of the Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the United States based exclusively on volunteer service. Introduced in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), DPLI’s international Joint Venture partner, the U.S. programme has officially recognized more than 115,000 school students for their meaningful contribution towards their communities. India is the 7th country outside the United States to conduct the Awards programme. Other participating countries include PFI subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, Brazil and China.

The national recognition events for Spirit of Community Awards winners held in Washington, D.C. every year include gala award ceremonies at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, tours of the capital’s historic monuments and landmarks, a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and plenty of opportunity for the students to share their experiences and ideas with one another. The winners also hear from notable public figures, which in the past have included Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), Laura Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, Forest Whitaker, Robin Roberts and Hilary Swank.
DPLI is a joint venture between Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL), India’s second largest private sector housing finance company and Prudential International Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (PIIH), a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), a financial services leader headquartered in the U.S. DPLI represents the coming together of two renowned financial services organizations with a legacy of business excellence spread over decades. The life insurance joint venture agreement between the two partners was signed in July 2013.

DPLI has a pan India presence through multiple distribution channels which have been customized to address the specific insurance needs of diverse customer segments. The Company is committed to providing protection and quality financial advice to its customers. For further information on the Company, please visit

DHFL was founded in 1984 by Late Shri Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan with a vision to provide financial access to the lower and middle income segments in the semi-urban and rural areas of the country. Today, led by Mr. Kapil Wadhawan, CMD, DHFL is India’s second largest housing finance company in the private sector, with a large network presence across the country, in addition to representative offices in Dubai, UAE and London, UK. 

All through its years of growth, DHFL has stayed with its core vision of financial inclusion. The Company’s wide network, coupled with insights into local customer needs has enabled the Company to provide meaningful financial access to customers even in India’s smallest towns. With a strong business foundation, an extensive distribution network, proven industry expertise and a deep understanding of the Indian customer, DHFL is one of India’s largest financial services companies. For further information, please visit

Pramerica* is a trade name used by Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United States, and its affiliated companies in select countries outside the United States. PFI (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1.268 trillion of assets under management as of 30th June 2016, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. PFI’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., PFI’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom.

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