Scholarships for students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism are available from a variety of sources.
These tips will help students at all levels of their education locate and apply for scholarships and awards dedicated to students actively engaged in community service.
Plan ahead and reserve time to conduct a full search of available scholarships. Scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources, including but not limited to government entities, businesses and non-profit organizations, and are awarded at the local, regional and national levels.
Be aware that not all applications are due at the end of the school year. Deadlines vary and fall at different times throughout the year.
Several websites are dedicated to providing information to students about scholarship opportunities.
Students who are involved in volunteering and community service should ask whether the organization where they perform their community service offers scholarships. It is possible that such organizations, whether hospitals and nursing homes, veterans groups, religious institutions, fraternal organizations or other community service organizations, may provide scholarships to recognize outstanding community service.
Similarly, colleges and universities often offer scholarships for volunteerism. Be sure to inquire of any schools you are interested in.
Each of the following programs is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Participants who complete their terms of service receive an education award and other benefits.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students who are involved in their school, serve their communities, and demonstrate leadership skills. Your high school principal or guidance counselor must nominate you for this scholarship. Reach out to the appropriate people at your school to explore this.
The Disabled American Veterans Jesse Brown Scholarship recognizes individuals who are dedicated to serving veterans and have volunteered at least 100 hours.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors young leaders who are between the ages of 8 and 18 who have “made a significant positive difference to people and our environment.”
The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award is presented each year to a young person who has demonstrated “tremendous courage, compassion and caring in serving his or her community.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor students in grades 5 through 12 for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.