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Can You Get a Scholarship for Community Service?

If you volunteer in your community, it may help you get a college scholarship. Community service scholarships often reward students with a record of service and leadership.

Some providers want to see you volunteered to support their cause. But others look at general accomplishments within your community.

For example the AXA Achievement Scholarship is a nationwide scholarship. Students from all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico may receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. Applicants need to show how they helped their community through service.

Yet other scholarship committees look at volunteer hours plus other credentials. Things like good grades, solid SAT or ACT scores or financial need.

For instance, take the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Applicants need at least a 3.0 GPA. Plus, community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity, and leadership.

There are also community service scholarships that are more like contests. You enter to win by doing community service. There are no essays to write, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications. is one such provider. You can apply to multiple scholarships at once. All you need to do is show your interest in volunteering to make a difference. Recent campaigns include spreading positive messages to stop bullying and Do Something About Gun Violence.

How Many Community Service Hours Do You Need for a Scholarship?

The number of community service hours needed for a scholarship varies. In some cases, a scholarship committee may stipulate how many hours you need.

One example is the Jesse Brown Scholarship listed below. The scholarship is open to volunteers who have contributed at least 100 hours. The DAV or DAV Auxiliary credits these hours.

While in others, the awards go to people who contributed through a project (not hours). For instance, The Brower Youth Awards. These go to people who played a major leadership role. This exemplified by creating, organizing and implementing their project or campaign(s).

What are Community Service Scholarships?

Community service scholarships reward students for any unpaid work that helps others. It might involve raising funds or awareness through campaigns and projects.

For instance, the Davis-Putter Scholarship awards people active in movements for social and economic justice. Many service projects also entail giving your time. Such as volunteering to work with a specific group. Like children, the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans or the environment.

In addition to giving back, community service may help you gain skills and experience. Both useful on a college application and resume.

What is Community Service?

Here are 10 examples of community service projects:

  1. Organizing a local blood drive
  2. Registering voters in your neighborhood
  3. Holding a bake sale and donating the profits
  4. Being a reading coach
  5. Run in a charity marathon
  6. Clean local parks
  7. Donate your stuffed animals to a children’s hospital
  8. Gathering clothing for the homeless
  9. Working in a soup kitchen during holiday season
  10. Greening a college campus

Is Community Service Volunteer Work?

For scholarships, many providers look at leadership experience, community service or volunteer activities. But community service and volunteer work are not always the same thing.

People often take part in community service because they enjoy giving or want to see change. It is usually something one does to improve the lives of people in a community.

Community service is not always voluntary though. In some cases, students have to do community service to graduate high school. Or to receive certain honors. Some adults are also ordered by a judge to perform a certain number of community service hours.

Depending on who you ask, volunteering is a part of community service. It is an act of giving your time to support a cause. Some people volunteer on a regular basis, while others do it from time to time.

Still, volunteering is an important activity for millions of Americans. In 2017, one in three adults (30.3%) volunteered through an organization.

Also, the number of volunteers is on the rise. By 2018, there were 6% more volunteers. In fact, almost 77.4 million Americans volunteered 6.9 billion hours last year.

List of Community Service Scholarships

Do you often volunteer at your school, religious organization or in your community? If so, there are many sources of scholarships. Both from local and national providers. Check out these upcoming community service scholarships to help you pay for a college degree!

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith HBCU Scholarship Award

Established in 2003, the HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith HBCU Scholarship Award of $2,000 to an incoming freshman at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 23, 2021

Carolyn M. Harris HBCU Scholarship Award

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Carolyn M. Harris HBCU Scholarship Award of $1,000 to an incoming freshman at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who is a member of a musical group or (music) education major.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 23, 2021

Heritage HBCU Scholarship Award

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Heritage HBCU Scholarship Award of $2,000 to an incoming freshman at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on the basis of financial need.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 23, 2021

Evelyn Hider A & B HBCU Scholarship Awards

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Evelyn Hider A & B HBCU Scholarship Awards to two incoming freshmen at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and financial need.

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 23, 2021

Roberta Cline Frasier Anderson Scholarship

This award is available for undergraduate women studying sociology at Washington State University. Applicants must be returning to school after a period of absence and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation

The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation Scholarship is available for high school students at Alonso or Sickles High School in northern Tampa, Florida. Applicants must plan to major in a STEM field, must demonstrate financial need, and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

The Era L. and Francis L. Walker Scholarship is a named scholarship from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois that aims to help African American males who are graduating high school seniors from a Rockford Public School to pursue higher education.

Total: $10000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01, 2021

Anna Schiller Scholarship

This award honors the life of Anna Louise Shiller. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, she entered Rockford Christian as a kindergartner and was a sophomore at RCS at the time of her death. Applicants must be graduating Rockford Christian High School seniors with plans of furthering their education.

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: February 01, 2021

Depauw University Bonner Scholar Program

U.S. graduating high school seniors who are planning to enroll at Depauw University are eligible for this award. Students who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to serving their community will be considered upon admission. Each year the application is due February 1.

Total: $18000

Awards: 20

Deadline: February 01, 2021

Norman Leduc Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who reside in Franklin or Grand Isle counties in Vermont and demonstrate community involvement/service; preference is given to students who are actively involved in a formal community service or religious group. Students must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and leadership.

Total: $750

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 11, 2021

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