Students often engage in community service activities for a number of reasons. These reasons may range from feeling better about themselves to wanting to make a difference by giving their time to a cause that they hold dear to their heart. Volunteering often comes with unforeseen benefits. These involve professional networking opportunities, experience working in different environments and with different people, and the opportunity to earn some cash based off of your volunteerism. Below is a list of some community service scholarships:
Youth Service Scholarship Act of 2005 rewards students who engage in community service and who also demonstrate financial need. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. In order to be eligible, students must have volunteered for three hundred hours in their community during their last two high school years.
Americorps Education Award provides students with the opportunity to volunteer full-time or part-time. During their service year, students are paid a stipend for living expenses. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Segal Americorps Education Award currently worth nearly $6,000 that can be put towards future studies within a seven year period. The service sites range from education to human service to environmental awareness.
Bonners Scholars Program provides over 1500 students the opportunity to have a $4,000 scholarship in exchange for four years of community service engagement. Student Bonner scholars are required to volunteer ten hours per week in their community and to engage in a summer service internship.
The Do Something Awards are open to students who have been involved within their communities and who are under the age of twenty five. Citizens of both the United States and Canada are eligible to apply. A total of five awards worth 410,000 are offered and one of these winners will win the grand prize of $100,000 scholarship. Applications must be received prior to the March 1st deadline. More information is available at: https://www.dosomething.org/about/do-something-awards.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides up to $15,000 to a graduating senior who wants to engage is a year of service post-graduation. The student may volunteer anywhere in the world. Students must write a proposal for where and how they would like to serve. In addition, students must submit a complete application form prior to January 19th. More information is available at this website: http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards provide awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to eligible students. In order to apply, students must submit a complete application prior to November 3rd. One student from each state and from Washington, D.C. will receive a $1,000 award. Out of these winners, several top candidates will be chosen for the award of national Honorees and will receive a 45,000 award. Students who have been engaged in a minimum number of service hours will receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award. More information about the application process and eligibility criteria can be found at the following website: http://spirit.prudential.com/media/managed/SOC-How-To-Apply.pdf.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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