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Volunteer Scholarships & Internship Programs

Volunteer Scholarships & Internship Programs

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

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 20, 2015

The spirit of service? It reminds us to give back to others and it’s great for your college applications or to add on to your resume.

Plus, community service offers a wide range of activities which you can do with family and friends 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 an individual and a student – as well!

$10,000 Old Impact Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Available to: Maximum Age 26
Award Amount: $10,000
Did you know? Health concerns, economic changes, and the rapidly changing world of technology are leaving some older adults disconnected.

DoSomething.org has 10 different ways you can use your skills to improve the lives of older adults. Rock each one to make the world suck less.

Submit a photo completing a campaign and you’ll be entered to win a $10,000 scholarship. And, every campaign you complete earns you another chance to win. Go to www.dosomething.org/volunteer/old-school-impact get started.

No essay or minimum GPA required.

Learn more about the $10,000 Old Impact Scholarship.

Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2015

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.

Learn more about the Navin Narayan Youth Scholarship.

Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $1,750
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.

Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,500
The Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship is available to high school seniors residing in New Hampshire.

Preference is given to students pursuing careers in business, hospitality, or food service industries; and to students with a minimum 3.25 GPA and who demonstrate substantial volunteer or community service.

Learn more about the Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship.

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest

Deadline: May 4, 2015

Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior
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.

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

Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship Award

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $3,000
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.

Bonner Scholars Award

Deadline: Varies

Available to: Ages 17-18
Award Amount: Varies
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.

Volunteer Internships & Programs

City Year – Volunteer for America

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
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.

Global Leadership Program in Prague

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, the Global Leadership Program in Prague is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four- week program in Prague, Czech Republic, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service.

Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Prague.

Global Leadership Program in Panama City

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Global Leadership Program in Panama City is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four- to eight-week course in Panama City, Panama.

Students earn 3 US/ 6 ECTS credits by taking either a social entrepreneurship or politics of developing areas course.

Your selection is based on the quality of your application and essay, demonstrated passion, dedication to international collaboration, proven leadership, and an extensive follow-up interview process.

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Panama City.

Women and Leadership Program, Panama City

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, the Women and Leadership Program, Panama City is open to female students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Panama City, Panama, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service.

Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Women and Leadership Program, Panama City.

Global Leadership Program in Rome

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies
Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, Global Leadership Program in Rome is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Rome, Italy, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service.

Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview. Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Rome.

Volunteer Programming Internship

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Provided by the New England Aquarium, the Volunteer Programming Internship is available to students with an interest in civic engagement, volunteer administration, communications, adult development, human resources, education, psychology and other social sciences.

Intern duties may include assisting with volunteer appreciation events, developing volunteer opportunities, assisting with communications and marketing, writing newsletters and other duties as needed.

You must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study, have strong analytic, organizational, communication and problem solving skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office in order to be considered for this internship.

Get more information on the Volunteer Programming Internship.

Road To Recovery Internship

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Sophomores through Graduate Students, Year 2
Provided by the American Cancer Society, the Road To Recovery Internship is available to full-time students.

Interns will collaboratively manage and monitor requests for Road to Recovery services with American Cancer Society Staff partners, and work closely with the volunteer drivers to provide lifesaving transportation assistance to and from cancer-related appointments.

Interns will also work hand-in-hand in assisting ACS with ongoing program assessment, as well as overall volunteer and community management as it relates to the Road to Recovery program.

Get more information on the Road To Recovery Internship.

Inclusion Strategy Internship

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Provided by the American Cancer Society, the Inclusion Strategy Internship is available to full-time college seniors and graduate students in a course of study that includes exposure to diversity and inclusion concepts and principles.

Interns will assist in outlining roundtable discussion guides on various inclusion topics to be used as learning events for Society staff and volunteers.

Get more information on the Inclusion Strategy Internship.

Programmatic Internships

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors

Provided by Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., the Programmatic Internships are available to students who are interested in learning what it takes to operate a camp for kids with cancer, volunteer management, and community outreach.

Get more information on the Programmatic Internships.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship is available to students who are at least 18 years old.

You must be signed up for PETA’s Action Team and have at least one year of work or volunteer experience to qualify for this award.

Additionally, you must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a commitment to the objectives of the organization to qualify for this award.

A cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation is required.

Get more information on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship.

Fundraising and Alliance Building Associate Internship

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors
Provided by the Global FoodBanking Network, the Global Hunger Conference Planner is available to current undergraduate and graduate students.

Intern duties may include research and identify corporations/organizations who have a presence in countries where GFN works, brainstorm and develop employee volunteer and giving programs to be considered for this internship.

Available to undergraduate students; preferably, college juniors or seniors.

Get more information on the Fundraising and Alliance Building Associate Internship.

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