50 Scholarships for Young Community Leaders

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In this day and age, community service is essential in standing out amongst the crowd when applying for colleges. But why wait until college to start immersing yourself in your community? Students who participate in volunteering activities can gain a leading edge against the competition and college application process by gaining real-world experience. Community service can also improve students’ soft skills and prepare them for work experiences totally unrelated to their community service work.

When it comes to scholarship opportunities, volunteering helps to distinguish you from the competition by showing your commitment to giving back to the community and making the world a better place. If you’re someone who enjoys spending their time helping others, this is the scholarship list for you!

Of course, you can earn money for scholarships for other extracurricular activities, as well. Check out our scholarships for student-athletes, along with our many other scholarship lists for more opportunities. You’re bound to find a few worth applying for. Good luck!



Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: August 30, 2019

Deadline: September 25, 2019 5:00 PM

Award Amount: Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. CNCS expects to make awards in the range of $40,000 to $470,000.

Overview: Through this competition, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in specific geographic service areas (see Appendix A for the full list of available opportunities). In order to carry out Congress’s intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following Focus Areas: Disaster Services; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; and Veterans and Military Families.


Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Award Amount: Up to $15,000

Overview: The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence (SFE) is awarded to students who embody our Business Principles, which are fundamental to our long-term success and set the standard for everything we do. Upon starting their summer internship, SFE recipients will receive up to $15,000 toward tuition and academic expenses.


The New York Times College Scholarship Program

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: Fall 2019)

Award Amount: $15,000

Overview: The New York Times College Scholarship Program has put hundreds of students through college. Since 1999 the program has given local high school students who have overcome hardship while achieving academic excellence four-year scholarships, as well as mentoring and internship opportunities at The Times. The scholarships are for students who have a sense of social purpose and a wide array of personal ambitions, and they are integral to our belief that a college education imparts lifelong benefits.


Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 21st year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.


The Ashoori Law Good Deeds Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: This scholarship is intended to assist  one driven, kind-hearted college student with a history of going beyond themselves to do good for others. Ashoori Law is impressed by the work college students are doing every day to better the lives of others. Our goal for this scholarship is to help a college student pay for their tuition or other expenses.

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Mutual Security Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: See Website (Application opens February 1, 2020)

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Scholarships will be awarded to students who are in good academic standing, have demonstrated financial need, and have given selflessly of themselves to improve the overall state of affairs in their community. Students and/or parents must be a current member of the credit union.


Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Deadline: September 10, 2019

Award Amount:  up to $10,000

Overview: The FEA, in collaboration with a range of philanthropic partners, supports students in financial need who are not typically represented in volunteering and study abroad programs, such as minorities, first-generation students, and community college students. They have a whole host of different types of grants and applicants are automatically considered for all scholarships.


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Deadline: November 5, 2019 (Application Opens: August 5, 2019)

Award Amount: $1,000-$12,500 per year

Overview: Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.


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P.L.A.Y. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: Within an organization that is committed to making quality dog beds and donating products to animals in need at local shelters, the P.L.A.Y. Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship will provide $1,000 annually to full-time high school juniors or seniors in the U.S. who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to helping animals in need. Applicants must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay describing their volunteer efforts in working towards improved animal welfare.


Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarships

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Award Amount: One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000

Overview: For animal lovers who abstain from eating meat, fish, or fowl, the Vegetarian Resource Group awards college scholarships annually to graduating U.S. high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or local communities. Entrants will be evaluation based on compassion, courage, academic promise, future career goals, community service involvement, and commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian lifestyle.


Volunteer Forever Travel Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Award Amount: $500-$1,000

Overview: This scholarship is open to travelers embarking on all kinds of meaningful trips: no matter where you’d like to go worldwide, we’re here to help. The scholarship award can be used for anything related to your travel, including the program fee, airfare, travel insurance, or even spending money while abroad! During each scholarship round, essays are evaluated blindly by a scholarship committee.


Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: 150 $20,000 awards

Overview: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.


Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Award Amount: Up to $15,000

Overview: The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence (SFE) is awarded to students who embody our Business Principles, which are fundamental to our long-term success and set the standard for everything we do. Upon starting their summer internship, SFE recipients will receive up to $15,000 toward tuition and academic expenses.


William H. Cooper Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: William H. “Bill” Cooper, former Chairman of First State Bancshares, always remained committed to excellence, service, personal growth and integrity. This scholarship allows the First State family of companies to honor his legacy, while encouraging future leaders to follow his exceptional example.


Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Award Amount: Various Awards

Overview: Service is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission of empowering veterans to lead high-quality and fulfilled lives. But we would not be able to serve our nation’s heroes without thousands of dedicated youth volunteers across the country. From volunteering at a local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center to assisting veterans within their local communities—and everything in between—DAV youth volunteers across the country are committed to serving our ill and injured heroes.


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Do Something Awards

Deadline:  See Website

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: Students ages 13 – 25 years old that are interested in volunteering and looking for scholarship opportunities? Then you’re in the right spot. Earn easy scholarships through community service.


The Ron Brown Scholarship

Deadline: January 9, 2020 (Application Opens: August 2019)

Award Amount: Four $40,000 awards

Overview: The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.


The Barron Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2020 (Application Opens: January 2020)

Award Amount: $10,000

Overview: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.


AFP Award Program

Deadline: September 20, 2019

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers and fundraising professionals.


Great Value Colleges Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Award Amount: $1,500

Overview: Great Value Colleges believes that community service has the potential to enhance the value of a college education in profound ways. Community service helps build empathy and compassion and provides skills such as networking, organization, project management, team building, and problem solving — all skills that are essential in today’s workforce.


Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Award Amount: Multiple $15,000 stipends

Overview: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $15,000 stipends to graduating college seniors to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Past award recipients have won an unsolicited, prestigious McArthur “genius” grant; been named U. S. Surgeon General; and been recognized as a Forbes “30 Under 30” entrepreneur.


Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

Deadline: December 5, 2019 (Application Opens: October 5, 2019)

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: A program recognizes student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger in the U.S. These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national and regional level and hail from across the country. A program that recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in the U.S. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity.


Carson Scholars Fund

Deadline: See Website

Award Amount: Multiple $1,000 awards

Overview: The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named “Carson Scholars” and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.


Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program.


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Burger King Scholars Program

Deadline: December 15, 2019 (Application Opens: October 15, 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Foundation, together with Burger King Corporation employees, franchisees, suppliers and guests, has been able to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live. Today the Foundation administers the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program and the BK℠ Family Fund.


Point Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: January 28, 2020 (Application Opens: November 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.


Junior Member Loyalty Program

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award Amount: Ten $2,500 awards

Overview: Ten scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be awarded to a current college student for 2020. Two scholarships will be awarded in each division of the American Legion Auxiliary. The scholarship is a grant; not a loan. Candidates for this award shall have been Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary, held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the past three consecutive years (2017, 2018 and 2019) and must be a paid member for the current (2020) membership year.


Christianson Grant

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Overview: The Christianson Grant is awarded to motivated young Americans who create and carry out their own meaningful service projects abroad. Grantees also share their experiences via regular blog posts about their project and a completion report in order to further international understanding and promote cultural awareness.


Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Award Amount: Multiple awards of $1,500-$4,000

Overview: Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 24 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 December 2018. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.


Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship

Deadline: October 25, 2019 (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: 106 $25,000 awards

Overview: The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. As such, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.


Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2020 (Application Opens: December 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Up to 25 $1,000 awards

Overview: Alliant Energy recognizes outstanding community leadership in young people and helps students reach their academic goals.


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AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: Fall 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The AXA Equitable Foundation directs our company’s philanthropic and volunteer activities.  Through philanthropy, volunteerism and sustainability we leverage our resources and risk expertise to build a stronger society for our customers and our employees. Our signature program, AXA Achievement, helps students and parents take the next step toward college and educators take the next step toward success.


West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (Application Opens: October 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Up to $4,750

Overview: Applicants for PROMISE Scholarship awards are strongly urged to perform at least 20 hours of unpaid community service while in high school and college. The community service may include, but is not limited to, participating with non-profit, governmental, institutional or community-based organizations designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, meet the needs of community residents or foster civic responsibility.


Caribbean Actuarial Scholarship

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: November 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Caribbean Actuarial Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Basil L. and Monica G. Virtue by their son-in-law, S. Michael McLaughlin, FSA, MAAA, an actuary who graduated from UWI. The scholarship is intended to be an annual award to University of the West Indies (UWI) actuarial student(s) who demonstrate a strong record of accomplishment, leadership qualities and commitment to becoming an actuary.

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DealHack Annual Community Volunteer Scholarship

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: $1,500

Overview: At Dealhack, we believe that volunteer involvement is an integral part of a strong and prosperous community. To encourage this value, we’ve decided to reward a college or university student who demonstrates outstanding volunteer involvement in their community. The winner of our annual award will receive a $1,500 USD scholarship to use towards their tuition.


NSCA High School Scholarship

Deadline: October 15, 2019 (Application Opens: August 1, 2019)

Award Amount: Multiple $2,000 awards

Overview: This program provides funding to high school seniors preparing to enter college. Students must demonstrate their acceptance into an accredited institution, their intention to graduate with a degree in the strength and conditioning field, their goals beyond college, and their track record of community service. $2,000 awards are available.


NHS Scholarship

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: October 2019)

Award Amount: Up to $25,000

Overview: NHS is the oldest and best-known student recognition program. For nearly 100 years, NHS members have been making a difference in their schools and communities through their scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Alumni include celebrated individuals from all walks of life, including the arts and sciences, government, education, medicine, the military, politics, and athletics.


Columbus Citizens Foundation College Scholarship Program

Deadline: See Website (Application Opens: November 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. They are committed to improving the lives of Italian-American students, and their families, by providing scholarship funding that will help the students develop the skills and tools needed to succeed in life. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have shown commitment to community service.


Newman Civic Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Application Opens: October 31, 2019)

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.


Heroes of Everyday Life Award

Deadline: February 28, 2020 (Application Opens: January 1, 2020)

Award Amount: $5,000

Overview: Hunger is an issue too big for one person, team, or organization to solve alone. Sodexo recognizes employees who have invested time, talent, and service spirit to help those at risk of hunger. Award recipients are honored at the annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner and receive $5,000 for their hunger-related charity of choice.


Boettcher Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2019 (Applications Open: September 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: We need Colorado’s best minds to stay in Colorado. Many of Colorado’s top high school students leave the state to pursue their studies, rather than attend a Colorado school, build a Colorado network, and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. That’s why we created the Boettcher Scholarship program over 60 years ago. To support Colorado’s top students by providing them with Colorado scholarships to attain an excellent in-state education, a vast network of alumni and community leaders and access to additional opportunities that enrich their time in college.


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AASA Women In School Leadership Award

Deadline: October 11, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

Overview: The AASA Women in School Leadership Award program is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. Each candidate is judged on the following criteria: Leadership for Learning, Communication, Professionalism, and Community Involvement.


Bezos Scholars Program

Deadline: February 7, 2020 (Application Opens: October 2019)

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Bezos Scholars Program is a year-long leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action. Each spring, 17 exceptional high school juniors and a supportive educator from their school are selected as Bezos Scholars from around the U.S. and from the African Leadership Academy. After spending a week immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival, they return home to inspire action by developing a community change project that combines their passion with meeting a defined community need.


Phelps County Community

Deadline: February 15, 2020 (Application Opens: December 1, 2019)

Award Amount: See Website

Overview: The Phelps County Community Foundation has established a long tradition of administering and providing scholarships to area students. Today, the Foundation manages over 65 scholarship funds and awards almost $250,000 in scholarships annually. These scholarships are made possible by generous individuals, families, and organizations who desire to help others in their quest for higher education.


Future Educator Scholarship

Deadline: August 22, 2019

Award Amount: $1000

Overview: Mrs Prindables is offering a 2019 Scholarship opportunity for incoming or current college students majoring in education. We believe that educators have the power to spark positive development in student’s lives and their futures.


SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Award Amount: $2,500

Overview: SuperMoney’s mission is to help everyone reach their financial goals. Founded in 2019, SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship seeks to celebrate students who share our same mission. Our scholarship program awards $2,500 a year to a student who wants to help Americans improve their financial wellness through continued education.


Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Deadline: August 29, 2019

Award Amount: $3,000; round 2 winners will receive $7,000

Overview: You are designing the future. Faced with some of the biggest design challenges of our time, students are boldly imagining a brighter world and using design tools to share these visions with others. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship seeks to promote excellence in design and observe how the next generation will transform the world.


Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Deadline: N/A

Award Amount: Awards Vary

Overview: The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs.  The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national service and the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).



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