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How Students Can Volunteer Their Way Into College Scholarship Money
College scholarship judges appreciate and reward students who have made a difference. This can result in more college scholarship money for students who are active in their communities!
Do you have ANY idea?
This all too common question found on college scholarship applications can scare off even the most talented and successful high school student.
(Keeping track of volunteer hours is important! Use the ScholarPrep Organizer and it’s a BREEZE!)
April is National Volunteer Month and dedicated to those who give of their time, talents, and treasures to the causes closest to their hearts.
Volunteering is a wonderful way for students to give back to their communities, learn about service by helping others, and at the same time, adding valuable hours and experiences they can use for scholarship and college applications. They are doing good AND helping themselves win money for school. THIS is how more college scholarship money is won!
Most high school students are busy with academics, sports, jobs, and the ever-important social life inside and outside of school.
Going into senior year and realizing how important community service is to scholarship judges and committees, students may panic and avoid applications that ask for the total number of hours volunteered.
What students may not realize, however, is they may have been involved in organizations all through high school that they can use as community service hours.
- Coaching a sports team
- Vacation Bible School at church
- Sports Mentoring (Older athletes are paired up with younger ones)
- Church or community dinners, festivals, and parades
- Scouting (Helping another den/troop, visiting nursing homes, etc…)
- Camp Counseling
- Hospital work
Don’t worry though, if a student has not done a lot of community service, it’s never too late to start. Making a difference in someone else’s life, while at the same time collecting volunteer hours, creates a well-rounded student. The National Honor Society and many high schools have mandatory service hour requirements. Any of these unpaid volunteer opportunities count on college scholarship applications.
A great way to impress scholarship judges is to “create”, “found, or “establish” a community service project.
Students can match their interests with a need in their community and be the first one to do something about fulfilling this need. (I go into great detail about how students can create their own community service projects in my college scholarship guides.)
Newspapers love to showcase teens that have taken the initiative and created such a project!
Parents, give them a call, describe what the student has done, and the odds are great that they will offer to write an article about the student’s project.
You may also like to read: Make it a Volunteering Summer
People love to read about teens who are making a difference and the article in the paper will be yet another way to impress those scholarship judges.
Do you have any other ideas for students that would like to volunteer their time and would like to win more college scholarship money?
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart ~ Elizabeth Andrew
Monica Matthews is the author of How to Win College Scholarships. She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process.
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