Friday, November 29, 2013

Scholarships for Do-Gooding, Volunteering Young People

Scholarships are often available to the very book smart, but also to those who strive to do good in their communities.  Kohl's Corporation (of Kohl's Stores) recognizes volunteer efforts by young people between 6 and 18 who have not graduated from high school by giving $50 gift cards for winners nominated at individual stores across the country, and regional winners can get $1000 scholarships.  The Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program national winners can get $10,000 in scholarship money, with an additional $1000 given to a nonprofit of the winner's choice.

Do Something, Inc., gives both program money and scholarships to young people involved in making their communities better.  There are startup project grants, but also scholarships for a variety of causes, from anti-bullying to financial education, to recyling to teaching seniors about new technology.  See their page for all the potential scholarship activities for people under 25 years of age.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes offers scholarships--by nomination--for young people from 8 to 18 for $5000 that can be used for higher education or towards the young person's favorite cause. Nomination deadline is April 15th, and the form can be found here.

Prudential Insurance offers a Spirit of Community Award for middle and high school students (grades 5 through 12)  in honor for their volunteer community work.  State winners get $1000 scholarship apiece and a trip to Washington, where national winners get larger scholarships.  While this year's deadline is past, try the website next year for information on 2014.

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