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Community Service Scholarships

Colleges and universities pride themselves on landing students who are active within their communities. Performing community service provides you with leadership skills, life and work experience, and a sense of satisfaction in improving your community. There are a number of organizations that reward community service efforts in the form of scholarships. If you are active in your community, try these scholarships to help pay for your college education:

Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship

Alliant Energy awards community service scholarships to as many as 25 students each year. To be eligible for the $1,000 awards, students must be 24 years old or younger, be a child of a Alliant Energy customer, and have a GPA of at least 2.5. In addition, applicants must reside within Alliant Energy territory, plan to enroll in college for the first time at an Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin college or university, and demonstrate exceptional leadership, community service, and volunteer experience. To apply, students must complete the official scholarship application and a 300-word essay. Applications are available at Alliant Energy Foundation’s site and are accepted between December 23 and February 15.

Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program

Disneyland created their community service scholarships to encourage youth to learn the value of giving. The program provides 10 students in Orange County, CA in the amount of $7,500 each. To be eligible, students must be graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a college education in the fall after graduation. In addition, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA throughout high school and must have completed 150 hours of volunteer community service through charitable nonprofits. Applications are available online at and are accepted through January 31.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the largest program in the US to recognize youth based solely on volunteer community service. Winners of the award at the state level receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Those honored at the national level receive $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their organizations, and a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. Eligible candidates must be in grades 5-12, must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Washington, D.C., must meet volunteer service requirements, and must complete the official application by November 6. Full details and applications are available at

Angie M. Houtz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Angie M. Houtz served as a civilian intelligence analyst with the United States Navy and lost her life in the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001. Her sisters and friends developed these community service scholarships to commemorate Angie’s dedication to helping others. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be accepted to or attending a public college or university in Maryland as a full-time student, and have completed at least 200 hours of community service. To apply, students must download and complete the official application found at and submit it, along with a 1-2 page essay, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to Angie Houtz Memorial Fund, 1450 Mercantile Lane, Suite 207C, Largo, MD 20774 no later than April 30.

Kohl’s Cares Scholarships

Kohl’s community service scholarships are awarded to over 2,200 young volunteers each year in the form of awards of up to $10,000. Eligible applicants are between the ages of 6 and 18 and still not high school graduates, must provide thorough, detailed documentation of volunteer efforts in the past year, and must be nominated for entry. Store winners will receive a $50 gift card. Regional winners receive a $1,000 scholarship, and national winners receive $10,000 in scholarship money as well as a $1,000 donation to a non-profit organization.  Nominations can be made on the official site between February 1 and March 15.

Ronald Reagan College Leaders Program

These community service scholarships are provided by the Phillips Foundation and award over $100,000 to deserving students each year. This program is open to undergraduate students at accredited four-year colleges or universities who have begun at least their sophomore year. Awards may be up to $10,000 and must be renewed for the second year. Although college juniors may apply, sophomores are given preference. To apply, complete the application, available upon request from the Phillips Foundation, and submit it along with a certificate of enrollment in good standing, a narrative of your personal background and volunteer activities, supporting documentation of leadership, and two letters of recommendation. Application deadlines are January 15. Scholarship details and contact information for requesting an application are available at the official scholarship site.

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

These community service scholarships are designed to reward students who have made a valuable impact on the issue of hunger. Recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship and a matching grant for the hunger-related charity of the recipient’s choice. The scholarships are provided by Sodexo Foundation and are named for its founder, who was a champion in the fight against hunger. Applications are available at the Sodexo Foundation site between October 5 and December 5 each year. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in any grade, from kindergarten to graduate school. In addition, applicants must have performed unpaid volunteer work to fight hunger within the last year. Students must receive a Community Service Recommendation from a non-family member who is at least 21 years old. Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

Community service is one of the most effective ways to give back to society. If you are actively involved in such giving, these great scholarships can reward you for your caring and efforts.

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