community service scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

As the saying goes, “It is better to give than to receive.” Many students graduate high school with loads of community service hours under their belt. Through service to others, they have shown compassion and empathy. Additionally, volunteerism helps hone essential skills such as team building, problem solving, and project management. And in this circumstance, performing community service can also lead to scholarship funding.

Scholarship: Great Value Community Service Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Great Value Colleges

Amount: $1,500

Eligible Students: Students must be attending or have plans to attend an accredited college or university, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

How to Apply: Complete the scholarship application form, as well as provide a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay describing your favorite community service project. All applicants must have a minimum of 40 documented community service hours.

Deadline: July 15 for fall semester / November 15 for spring semester


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.