Scholarship Search: Prudential Spirit of Community Award

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.

The Spirit of Community is the largest program awarding middle school and high school students for their volunteerism. In addition to the American scholarship competition detailed below, Prudential sponsors similar competitions in many other countries they serve, including Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and Poland.

Scholarship: Presidential Spirit of Community Award

Awarding Organization: Prudential

Amount: State Honorees $1,000; National Honorees $5,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: One at the state and ten at the national level

Eligible Students:

  • Enrolled in grades 5-12
  • Legal resident of the US
  • Engaged in volunteering for the preceding 12 months

How to Apply: Complete an application and student/parent agreement online. Get certification page completed by your school principal or head of county 4H organization, Girl Scouts council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or Affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.

Deadline: November 10


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

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Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.