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Be rewarded for your active participation and contributions in the community with community service scholarships. Colleges and universities pride themselves on their abilities to mold students into well-rounded, compassionate, and community-minded individuals after a period of just four short years. While a liberal arts education is certainly a valuable thing and attending college can undoubtedly make a huge difference in your life and worldview, why wait till you’re on campus to get involved in the community? Colleges, scholarship providers, and the world at large can appreciate a student who takes an interest in making a difference in the world.

Benefits of Community Service

Participating in community service activities as a high school student can be laregely beneficial, and not just when it comes to acing your college interview. Students who get involved can expect all sorts of rewards to come of their extracurricular work, including:

  • Work and Life Experience

    Students who participate in community service activities related to their future career goals can jump the competition and college-planning process by gaining real-world experience. Volunteering can also improve students’ skill sets and help prepare them for work experiences totally unrelated to their community service work.
  • Connections

    The people you meet while volunteering will grow your social and professional circle. They can write letters of recommendation for your college and scholarship applications, serve as references when job-searching, and potentially help you find a job opportunity. At the very least, working with others gives you a chance to build networking skills, which will be necessary later in your professional life.
  • A Broader Worldview

    You meet a variety of people and learn a multitude of new things while doing community service. Exposure to new people and different environments can help shape the direction of your life and the way you view the world around you. Community service instills a sense of purpose and direction as well.

Opportunities for Community Service Scholarships

Volunteering in your community can lead to community service scholarships. When it comes to scholarship opportunities, community service helps to distinguish you from the competition by showing your commitment to making the world a better place. Scholarship providers, being philanthropists themselves, can appreciate students who show an early interest in helping those around them. Winning scholarships, whether or not they are specifically labeled as community service scholarships, can be much easier with a bit of community service experience listed on your application or worked into your scholarship essay.

Whatever the requirements, scholarship awards for community-minded students abound, and all you need to do to start funding your education is find and apply for scholarships like these. Luckily for you, Scholarships.com makes the process simple. Conduct a free college scholarship search, and make sure to note your penchant for volunteering in your profile. You will then be provided with a list of scholarship opportunities tailored to your unique background and experiences. All you have to do thereafter is read scholarship information, fill out an application, and wait for the scholarship money to come in! Listed below is a small sample of pertinent scholarships that you will come across in our larger database. You can find these and others by conducting a scholarship search.

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian-American community. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Anna Schiller Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Anna Schiller Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Rockford Christian High School graduating senior who demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in their school, community and/or world at large through their community service and demonstrates the same strong love for others that Anna exemplified through her life. Minimum GPA of 2.0 GPA is [...] More

Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/2/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Army Women's Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship Program offers financial support in four areas: [...] More

BBB Foundation Students of Integrity Video Scholarship - Northwest

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. A scholarship will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western [...] More

BBB Student Ethics Scholarship Award - Connecticut

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • BBB's Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes college-bound high-school students who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall integrity and academic standing. For this scholarship, students must apply while in their junior year of high school. The winner will receive a scholarship to an accredited college or university of his or her choice. Scholarships [...] More

Beat the Odds Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. For consideration in the Beat the Odds scholarship program, an applicant must be a current high school student in Ohio, New York, California, Texas, Minnesota or Washington, D.C. [...] More

Builders League of South Jersey Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Builders League of South Jersey Scholarship Foundation has announced that scholarships are available for area students for the school year. Scholarships will be awarded to students from southern New Jersey, who will be matriculating in an accredited post-secondary school and pursuing a course of study related to real estate and the construction industry. Applicants must live in or attend [...] More

Burger King Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Burger King Scholars program has awarded $25.3 million in scholarships to more than 24,000 high school students, BK employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. Students must have a strong academic record with a minimum 2.5 GPA, be passionate about serving the community and be a high school senior, Burger King employee, spouse/domestic partner or child of [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The goal of our scholarship fund is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority students from attending college – the soaring cost of tuition. We believe when students have the opportunity to attend college, our society thrives. We provide talented students with the means to be able to reach a higher education, which helps develop the future leaders of [...] More

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Carson Scholars Fund awards college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Students must attend an accredited K-12 school in the United States. An interested student must be nominated by his/her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. It is up to a school how to determine its nominee. The minimum [...] More

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Seeing an educational need in their congressional districts, the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship was established by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African-American [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC [...] More

Christine B. Dexter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This scholarship is for any undergraduate student who has been affected by cancer in any way (be it themselves, a friend, a family member, a teacher, etc.) and they must be enrolling or enrolled in undergraduate programs in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or New York. Students must have completed 30+ hours of volunteer work, and be planning to attend [...] More

Community Foundation of Shelby County Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Community Foundation of Shelby County oversees more than 70 scholarship funds that provide around 190 scholarship opportunities to help talented and passionate students attain their dreams. Scholarships are available to high school seniors, current college students and adults from select counties in Ohio. Additional requirements vary by scholarship. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

CWGGF Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Each year the Foundation awards two 4-year scholarships and four 2-year scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. In addition, one Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year. These awards can be used at any California community college, campus in the University of California, or California State University System. [...] More

Dr. Loomis/Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Dr. Loomins/Rockton Lions Club Scholarship provides educational resources to a full-time student from Hononegah High School who plans to attend a two-, four-year, or vocational college. This award is offered by the Rockton Lions Club. Applicant must be a graduating Hononegah High School senior, rank in the top third of their class, have financial need, and be involved in community service [...] More

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship is to provide educational resources for African-American males to pursue higher education. Applicants must be a graduating senior from a Rockford public high school with a minimum 2.9 GPA. Students must have been involved in community service and volunteerism and share Era's values including the importance of family, service to one's [...] More

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship is offered to first generation Asian Americans who have a demonstrated interest in business (business major not required). Eligible applicants must be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Must also be a resident of Alameda, Contra [...] More

FSCNY Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Financial Service Centers of New York (FSCNY) Scholarship seeks to provide development opportunities for young people who will return to their communities and contribute to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Students must demonstrate academic achievement/improvement, leadership in their school, and involvement in their community, contributing at least 50 valuable hours of [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium [...] More

IAPD Annual Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The International Association of Plastics Distributors Charitable Scholarship Foundation was established to develop and administer an award program at the undergraduate level for the children of employees of IAPD member companies and for students pursuing study in polymer sciences and/or industrial distribution. Applicants must be employed by an IAPD member company or be a child of an employee of [...] More

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship awards students who have graduated from high school within the last three years or full-time students who are seniors at a high school or home school. A minimum 3.3 GPA is required, along with a minimum 25 ACT score or 1220 SAT score. Students must have demonstrated an active leadership role in community service, [...] More

JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. There is a scholarship available for a student with a documented diagnosed learning disability and several scholarships available for students from single-parent homes. The scholarships are competitive. Recipients are chosen based on several [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to lay a path for hope for young adults with HIV/AIDS by providing academic scholarships to universities of their choice. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need. We hope to allow Josh's love for learning and community service to continue through another young adult who also exhibits these qualities. Eligibile applicants [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) offers the Eastern Regional Chapter Scholarship to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Students who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Eastern region states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North [...] More

Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship For Women In Technology

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship for Women in Technology provides an annual scholarship to a graduating female high school senior or returning female college student who intends to further their education at a two-year or four-year college, university, vocational, or technical school and will be seeking a degree in a technology-related field.The students eligible for assistance shall be [...] More

Lee E. Schauer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $48,000
  • The Lee E. Schauer Scholarship is intended to reach students who may not qualify for other scholarships - "average" students who are involved in their community and in school activities, who are leaders and display character traits like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, but whose GPA may eliminate them from consideration for other scholarships. The criteria for the scholarship are: [...] More

Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation was organized to provide scholarships for students who received high school diplomas or GED's no earlier than spring 1999; had a minimum two years' attendance at Martin Luther King Elementary School; have been accepted into a program at any accredited post-secondary school; have written an essay about their career and future dreams, and can document [...] More

Matrix Health Group Memorial Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • At Matrix Health Group our Mission is to provide individualized, focused services to people with bleeding disorders nationwide. Our Vision is to enhance the lives of those we are privileged to serve by providing the best pharmacy and support services possible. Matrix Health Group companies offer nine educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia, von Willebrand [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance scholarship honors the memory of former California state treasurer, Matt Fong, for his dedication to public service, active involvement in state politics, and direct impact he had in opening up opportunities for Asian Americans in the public finance industry. Applicants must be an incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year [...] More

Maximum Independence Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Recognizing the ever-increasing need for financial assistance to help defray the cost of higher education, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas, Inc. (GoodwillSONT) will be awarding five Maximum Independence Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each in the spring to high school seniors. Our mission is to help people with disabilities and disadvantages achieve maximum [...] More

Melissa Anne Centrella Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • In honor of the legacy of Melissa Anne Centrella, which gives scholarships to students going into nursing or medical sciences. Because of how the shortage of nurses affected our family dramatically. Also to further help find an answer for Dystonia, so that no other family has to live through what we did. The Melissa's Hope Scholarships serve as a tribute to Melissa Centrella's life of courage and [...] More

Page Education Foundation Grants

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant's attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need. You must be enrolled [...] More

Park Scholar Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, Ithaca College offers Park Scholar Scholarship Awards to students who are passionate about the field of communications, community service and who thrive on academic and personal challenge. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (federal guidelines), and apply to Ithaca College for an undergraduate major within the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Transfer [...] More

Point Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/28/2021
  • Amount: $13,600
  • A Point Scholarship is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. Applicants must have a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement and be working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community. Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program. Must be at least a senior in high school be [...] More

Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • At the core of our mission is the vision of our patron, Prince Kuhio, for the upward mobility of the Hawaiian people through education. With this in mind, we make a commitment to fund scholarship recipients for their two or four years of higher education, provided that transcripts are submitted on a timely basis and that the recipient re-applies for each succeeding year until graduating. For more [...] More

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Application Deadline: 11/5/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level, and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other [...] More

Rebekah Assembly of Texas Irma Gesche Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • A $1,000 scholarship is available for a Texas resident to attend any accredited two or four-year college/university. The scholarship is based on academic ability, community service, personal development, and financial need. Applicant must submit a completed application along with a high school transcript, a typed letter outlining expected goals to be reached as a result of further education, and [...] More

Ron Brown Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/9/2021
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership [...] More

Shelton National Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Shelton National Leadership Scholarship awards two or three entering freshmen (to North Carolina State) $5,000 annually toward tuition and fees, renewable upon satisfactory academic progress and leadership involvement. The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment also provides: $2,000 annually for student leadership enrichment experiences; and, additional networking, leadership seminars, and [...] More

Tex Schramm Freshman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Texas E. Schramm Freshman Scholarship seeks out the most outstanding young men entering the University of Texas. Of the applications received, the most qualified applicants move on to the round of interviews. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and prove enrollment at the University of Texas - Austin. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship is a program named in memory of Barbara Penny. This program awards Minnesota State students for their lifelong community service commitments, recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and promotes their growth as community leaders. Scholarship awards of $1,500 each are given out twice annually. Applicants must be [...] More

The Dan Van Dyke Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Dan Van Dyke scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate Dan Van Dyke's level of compassion for the community they live in. Applicants must be a high school senior planning on attending full-time at an accredited college or university, be able to demonstrate a passion for community service, have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be a U.S. citizen. For more information, or to apply, please [...] More

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/7/2021
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards students who are a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree. "Junior" refers to a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree the following year or is in their third year of collegiate study expects to graduate during the same year. They [...] More

The Pinnacol Foundation College Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: $4,500
  • The Pinnacol Foundation College Scholarship Program ensures that the children of seriously injured and killed Colorado workers have the opportunity to pursue their dreams by continuing their education. Applicants must be the natural child, adopted child, stepchild or full dependent of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of [...] More

The SET Educational Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $6,500
  • The SET Educational Fund provides an annual scholarship to individuals with financial need who have excelled scholastically while volunteering their time to help others. Students must be able to demonstrate financial need, provide a history of community service, prove residency in Michigan and enrollment at an accredited college/university in Michigan. For more information, or to apply, please [...] More

The Susan Fund, Inc. Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Susan Fund provides financial and emotional support to those students facing staggering medical costs associated with cancer treatment in addition to the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Applicants must be a current resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut, have been diagnosed with cancer at some time in one's life and be planning/attending an accredited post-high school [...] More

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