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Community Service Scholarships

One form of financial aid that is becoming more popular is Community Service Scholarships. These programs are offered by many corporations and private foundations to encourage service-learning.

There are numerous different kinds of community service scholarships currently available for all different kinds of students. In fact, many different places that utilize the services of young people offer scholarships to outstanding volunteers. 


Some places that offer such scholarships are places that provide medical care such as hospitals and nursing homes, places of worship such as churches and synagogues, and veterans’ groups. Here is a list of some of the more popular Community Service Scholarships that are available.


Target All-Around Scholarship -  Target awards over six hundred All-Around Scholarships each year — including one $25,000 scholarship — to high school seniors and college students age 24 and younger. Scholarships recognize volunteer work as well as academic achievement. 


Presidential Freedom Scholarships -  Each high school in the country may sponsor up to two students — juniors or seniors — to receive a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of outstanding leadership in service to their community. In addition to the scholarship, students will receive a letter of recognition, and a President's Volunteer Service Award pin.


Bonner Scholars Program -  At 25 colleges, the Bonner Foundation supports as many as 1,600 students who receive up to $4,000 per year for four years.  In return, award recipients are asked to serve their communities in a lasting and meaningful way, by committing 10 hours each week to volunteer service activities and by completing at least one full-time summer service internship.  To be eligible, students must also demonstrate financial need, solid academic performance, and a history of responsibility and good citizenship.


Discover® Card Tribute Award® Scholarship Program - More than $1 million in scholarships are available annually to high school juniors nationwide. Nine awards per state of $2,500 each and nine awards nationally of $25,000 each are awarded to juniors, based on:

Obstacles Overcome
Community Service
Special Talents

Prudential Spirit of Community Award – Prudential recognizes college-bound high school students who have demonstrated exemplary community service.  Each year, ten national honorees receive $5,000, a gold medallion, and a trophy.  One hundred additional students (2 from each state) receive a $1,000 state-level award.


The Phillips Foundation's Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarships – Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Future Leaders Scholarship during their sophomore year.  Sizable awards, in amounts of $10,000, $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, are offered to college juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.


Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest –This annual competition is designed to challenge college students to analyze urgent ethical issues and write thought-provoking, personal essays.  A total of $10,000 in first, second, and third prizes and two honorable mentions are awarded annually.


There are literally thousands of Community Service Scholarships available to aspiring students for continuing education. Use the resources on this site to locate the program that is right for you.