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Volunteer Scholarships

We're highlighting scholarships exclusively for volunteers. Make a difference in your community and apply for them today!

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 29, 2014

November is the ideal time for community service. Thanksgiving reminds us to give back to others, you’re conveniently on holiday break from school and it’s great for your college applications.

Plus, community service offers a wide range of activities which you can do with the family, bringing you closer together.

As if that’s not enough incentive to spend your extra time volunteering, many scholarship providers seek to reward students who spend their time giving back to their communities with scholarship funding to help pay for school.

Check out the following scholarship opportunities for students involved in volunteering and find out how giving back to your community is actually beneficial to you as well!

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

Award Amount: $50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Available to: Entering College Freshman

The James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship is available to entering college freshmen in the U.S. and Canada.

You must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and a minimum 25 ACT / 1700 SAT score to be eligible for this award.

You must also demonstrate substantial work experience and an active leadership role in community service, athletics, and / or similar co-curricular activity.

Learn more about the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship.

Imagine America High School Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Available to: High School Senior to College Freshman

The Imagine America High School Scholarship is available to high school seniors and recent graduates who are planning to enroll in a career college.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and participate in voluntary community service to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Imagine America High School Scholarship.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 14, 2015

Available to: College Freshman

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is open to African – American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students who are citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.

You must be an entering, full – time, degree – seeking, first – year student and have a minimum 3.3 GPA; or have earned a GED to be considered for this award.

You must also demonstrate significant financial need (meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria) and exhibit leadership abilities through community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

Learn more about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

$10,000 Teach Seniors Technology Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 20, 2015

Available to: Maximum Age 26

Get this: 40% of seniors don’t use the Internet. At all. This can leave them disconnected from loved ones and lead to feelings of isolation and depression.

This October, DoSomething.org has teamed up with AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up Program to launch the second year of the Grandparents Gone Wired campaign, which asks young people to help seniors stay connected to family and friends by teaching a grandparent or other elderly adult how to use current tech trends like smartphones, social media, video chat, and email.

Participants can not only improve the life of a senior citizen, but earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship for school. Learn more about the $10,000 Teach Seniors Technology Scholarship.

Truman Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 3, 2015

Available to: College Juniors

The Truman Scholarship is available to full – time juniors interested in a career in public service who intend to pursue a master’s degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree in a public service – related field.

You must have participated extensively in two or more of the following activities sets: student government and / or campus – based extracurricular activities; community service – related activities that were not organized by your school or your fraternity / sorority; government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities or military/ROTC; or partisan political activities and campaigns.

Selection will also be based on leadership potential, high grades, and a strong curriculum.

Recipients of this award are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their graduate degrees.

Learn more about the Truman Scholarship.

Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,750

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman

The Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Maine public high schools.

To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of Maine and demonstrate academic performance/potential, community service and financial need.

Learn more about the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: May 4, 2015

Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

The East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest is available to high school students in the U.S. and Canada who have completed at least five hours of community service.

You must respond to an essay prompt or submit a work of fine art, digital art, photography, or video that inspires service or captures an inspirational moment of service.

Learn more about the East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest.

Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship Award

Award Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship Award is available to high school seniors and undergraduate students majoring in music education. You must play violin, viola, cello, or bass to be eligible for this award. You must also demonstrate financial need, academic merit, and a history of community service.

Learn more about the Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship Award.

City Year – Volunteer for America

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

City Year, a proud member of AmeriCorps, is a national service organization that brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding ten months of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.

In 20 locations across the United States, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to address our country’s most critical needs. City Year corps members engage others in service and make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of children and youth. Corps members also receive a weekly living stipend and basic health insurance.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17-24 and a United States citizen or permanent resident alien. High school graduate/G.E.D. recipient OR agreement to pursue a G.E.D.

If you do not have a H.S. diploma or its equivalency, you will be required to take a basic academic proficiency test; your position is contingent upon satisfactory testing results.

Learn more about the City Year – Volunteer for America.

Bonner Scholars Award

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Available to: Ages 17-18

The Bonner Scholars Award is available to entering first-year students at participating colleges (a complete list of participating schools is located on the Bonner Foundation Web site).

You must demonstrate high financial need and have an interest in community service and social justice issues to be eligible for this award.

Bonner Scholars will be expected to serve an average of 10 hours of community service each week during the school year and participate in other Bonner Scholars activities.

Learn more about the Bonner Scholars Award.


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