Volunteer & Community Service Scholarships

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 20, 2016

Volunteer & Community Service Scholarships

By giving back to your community, you have the chance to put money toward you college education as well!

Giving your time to help those in need is noble. After all, everyone is busy with school, work, family and a social life. But, volunteers make it a priority to reach out and lend a hand – without asking for anything in return.

And, though volunteers don’t ask for anything in return, it doesn’t mean they can’t get anything in return. In fact, by giving back to your community, you have the chance to put money toward you college education as well!

Since these individuals are so deserving, we thought it was important to showcase scholarship opportunities for students who are individuals that demonstrate the spirit of volunteering and community service.

Whatever type of volunteer work your passion falls under, there are scholarship providers that recognize and provide awards for those that give their time and efforts to those in need.

Check out the following scholarships for student volunteers and those involved in community service:

Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: 2/15/16
Available To: College Freshmen
Amount: 25 Awards of $1,000

The Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship is available to full – time, first – time freshmen students attending a college, university, or vocational – technical school in Iowa, Wisconsin, or Minnesota.

You must be 24 years of age or younger and be a current customer or the dependent child of a current customer of one of Alliant Energy’s utility subsidiaries (Wisconsin Power and Light or Interstate Power and Light).

You must reside within the Alliant Energy service territory at the time of application.

Additionally, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate leadership in community service and volunteer activities.

A 300-word essay is also required.

Get more information on the Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship.

$2,000 Prevent Drinking and Driving Scholarship

Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to:Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $2,000

Telling a friend not to drink and drive is hard, we totally get that. But we can help you!

Sign up at www.dosomething.org/campaigns/designated-texter to learn more and enter to win a $2,000 scholarship. No essay or minimum GPA required.

You must be between the ages of 13 and 25 and be a U.S. or Canadian resident in order to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the $2,000 Prevent Drinking and Driving Scholarship.

$3,000 School Grant: Start a Gently-Used Jean Drive

Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to:Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $2,000

You could win a $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 grant for your school just by collecting and donating gently-used jeans to a local shelter.

Get your friends, teachers, staff and the entire community involved!

Just upload a photo of the jeans your school collected and bam, you’re automatically entered! The more jeans your school collects, the more chances your school has to win.

The more jeans donated, the greater chance you have to win. No minimum GPA or essays required and you must be 13 to 25 years old to apply.

Get more information on the $3,000 School Grant: Start a Gently-Used Jean Drive.

Strong Roots Scholarship

Deadline:3/01/16
Available To: College Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Amount: $5,000

The Strong Roots Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate an interest in community building to qualify for this award.

Additionally, you must submit a 500-word essay that answers the following question: “How is the meaning of the word “community” changing in today’s world, and what does that mean for people who wish to build strong, healthy communities?”

Get more information on the Strong Roots Scholarship.

Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: 3/25/16
Available to: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500

The Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship is open to New England high school seniors who have made meaningful contributions to the area of animal protection over a significant period of time.

Actions that merit the award may include: dedicated long term direct work on behalf of animals; inspiring leadership in animal protection organizations; papers, speeches, presentations on humane topics; or heroic rescues of animals in danger.

Learn more information about the Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship.

Salt and Light Award
Deadline: 3/25/16
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $10,000

The Salt and Light Award is available to students entering Ave Maria School of Law.

You must have two or more years of full-time work or volunteer experience in a church-supported ministry (e.g., a director of religious education; a missionary; service through FOCUS, ACE, JVC) to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Salt and Light Award.

Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/16
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

Provided by the American Red Cross, the Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university.

You must have served a minimum of two years as a Red Cross volunteer to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Deadline:4/15/16
Available To: Ages 13-18
Amount: $5,000

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is available to students age 18 and younger who have organized and led a service activity that has clearly benefited other people.

Your service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by you and cannot have been an assignment for school or work.

Additionally, you must demonstrate a positive spirit and high moral purpose.

To be considered, you must be nominated by an adult who has solid knowledge of your service activities and is not related to you.

Get more information on the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest

Deadline: 5/02/16
Available to:High School Freshmen to High School Seniors
Award Amount: $500

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.

Get more information on the East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin Summer Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available To: High School Senior through Graduate Student, Year 5
Amount: 11 Awards from $200-$1,000

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin Summer Scholarship is available to full-time college students, and high school students who are scheduled to graduate at the end of the 2015-2016 school year or have graduated at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

To enter, you must meet the minimum criteria to donate blood and make a blood donation.

Your name will be entered into a scholarship drawing for each blood donation made in your name.

Get more information on the BloodCenter of Wisconsin Summer Scholarship.

Volunteer Service Contest Scholarship – Western Michigan University

Deadline: Varies
Available To: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Amount: Varies

The Volunteer Service Contest Scholarship is open to students at Western Michigan University who are registered for at least one credit hour.

To be considered for this award, you must have done some sort of volunteer or community service within the last two years.

Get more information on the Volunteer Service Contest Scholarship – Western Michigan University.

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