How to Prepare for the Community Based Scholarships

While community-based applications may be a bit harder to come by simply because it’s not academic or athletic-based, doesn’t mean community scholarships are hard to find.

Now scholarships are available via community service, specifically these scholarships are Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Young Women in Public Affairs Award, Brower Youth Awards, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Bonner Leader Program, Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, and DoSomething.org Easy Scholarship. Just to name a few to look into, this means you as a student must have considerable hours working in community service.

Some will require individuals to be 25 or younger, only high school students, or demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service. Although community-based scholarships do vary from application to application.

For instance, the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is for kids and teenagers 8 – 18, that have shown an impact on the community. This means raising money for the community or a food drive. Where each year 25 kids are picked to be awarded $10,000 each to successfully grow the community service or schooling.

Then there is the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that focuses only on AmeriCorps NCCC individuals. So military individuals who only qualify for the specifics involved.

But the biggest kept secret is that community-based service scholarships do tend to hold the most award money per qualified participant.

The only thing needed is a recorded record of the community service you have conducted, since this will be needed before applying for a scholarship. Typically, you’ll see kids from 10 – 18 being able to apply for these highly specific applications, which means parents will need to help out the application process.

Another added note to remember is that most volunteer application deadlines stop in late April. So, following this deadline space will allow for the participant to now become overwhelmed.

While volunteerism scholarships follow the same premise of academic scholarships, a complete record of any volunteer work will be needed along with dates in which they occurred. You may even need signatures from the individuals who attended or helped out.

Here is a list of community-based scholarships to look at:

  • Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship – Students must have a strong commitment for community leadership.
  • Bonner Scholars Program – The student must show each week to volunteer work and participate in the foundation’s summer community service internship experience.
  • Minnesota Historical Society Student Volunteer Services Scholarship – Any high school seniors applying must be active members in good standing with the MNHS and have contributed at least 25 hours of volunteer work throughout the year
  • National Caring Awards – The student applying must show incredible dedication to volunteer service, this award is based on Mother Theresa and her dedication to the people.
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award – Only for high school students who have engaged in volunteer community service.
  • Sophia L. Gokey Scholarship Fund – High school students who intend to improve the lives of young children faced with difficult circumstances. Must show outstanding community service.
  • Violet Richardson Award – For young women who are making a difference in the world. Who are fighting poverty, assisting women who have faced domestic abuse, or encouraging young girls to reach for their dreams as mentors.
  • William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Awarded to those between in the ages of 10 – 23 showing leadership in philanthropy, incredible volunteer work within the community.

By following the information for each community-based scholarship application, you’ll be a guaranteed winner if you show incredible community service work within your community.