The Best Community Service Scholarships for High School Students

By Stacy Zeiger , last updated October 1, 2011

Community service activities help high school students learn the value of helping their communities and people in need, but these activities may also help them earn college scholarships. While students should not participate in community service activities solely with the goal of earning scholarships, those who already regularly engage in community service activities may find themselves rewarded for their selfless acts.

The Brower Youth Awards provide $3,000 scholarships to six teenagers each year who demonstrate a commitment to the Earth and their community. Award winners must be between 13 and 22 years of age and engaged in environmental activism or environmental justice activities. In addition to receiving $3,000, winners earn a trip to San Francisco and spend a week participating in speaking engagements and attending environmental conferences.

Students between the age of 8 and 18, including high school students, may be nominated for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. This award provides $2,500 to students who are committed to community service and making a difference in people’s lives. Twenty-five students are honored each year.

Prudential’s Spirit of Community Awards honor middle and high school students who provide service to their communities. Students must submit an application describing their community service activities for a chance to win a local award. Local award recipients then go on to compete for awards at the national level. Each state winner receives a $1,000 scholarship along with an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. National winners receive a $5,000 scholarship along with $5,000 to donate to whatever non-profit organization they desire.

DoSomething.org encourages students to begin community service and entrepreneurial endeavors and post their projects online. In addition to $500 start-up grants, the program partners with multiple organizations to provide scholarships for high school students engaged in community service activities. For example, high school athletes who also give back to their communities may apply for one of 20 $20,000 scholarships through DoSomething.org and Finish Line.

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