Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Demonstrating Leadership and Commitment to Community Service Can Make the Difference!


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For a student with a lower GPA or one who is unable to demonstrate financial need, there are many scholarships based solely on community service, leadership and/or merit (GPA and/or SAT/ACT score). This is my answer to parents who say, “My child will never receive a scholarship because we make too much money,” or, “My child is not an honor student or a minority.”
It is true that many scholarships and federal financial aid packages are need-based: calculated from the student’s and parents’ income from the previous year. That is why I cannot stress enough the importance of finding and applying to the scholarships for which you qualify.
Many students know that their family income will not qualify them for financial need-based scholarships or federal financial aid. They need to begin immediately establishing the foundations (as addressed in the workbook) for the profile that would qualify them for a community service, leadership, faith-based, and/or merit-based scholarship. 

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Where Can a Student Find Information about Local Community Service Opportunities?

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Students can find information about local community service opportunities from their school counselor, advisors, club sponsors, coaches, teachers, parents, pastors, cable television station, newspaper, radio and the Internet. Go to www.UnitedWay.org and www.VolunteerMatch.org to learn more about community service opportunities in your community by inputting your zip code.

Where and How Can a Student Participate in Community Service?
Students can begin community service right in their own neighborhoods where they live, in their church and the school they attend.
Volunteers are needed at the public library, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, elementary, middle, high schools, Girls and Boys Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, children and adult day care centers, recreation centers, sports complexes, sports teams, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, homeless shelters, Teen Court, school service clubs, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, and animal shelters. Some volunteer jobs that may be available for students: a youth sports coach, bilingual interpreter, adopt a grandparent, collecting food, gifts, and personal care items for the holidays, sorting, packing, and/or delivering food boxes for the holidays, preparing and serving food, sorting donations for a non-profit organization, tutoring elementary or middle school students, caring for children, planning recreational activities, serving as a camp counselor, serving as a short-term missionary in another country, working as a mentor or an animal trainer.
Other activities like visiting elderly shut-ins, preparing meals for shelters and/or shut-ins, host or participate in drives (clothing, food, diapers, etc.), perform for the community, clean (street, highway, neighborhood, park, school, etc.) tutor, volunteer at a food pantry, animal shelter, or perform yard work for neighbors in need, are great ways to impact the community.
How Does a Student Document Community Service?
Community service hours need to be recorded accurately with a brief description of the activity, the date of service, and the signature and telephone number of the person supervising. Students may not perform community service for the family nor may family members sign off on community service hours.
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Where Can I Find Information on State Scholarships?

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Check with your State Department of Education in the state where you live for state scholarships and requirements. In the Resources section in the back of the Path to Scholarships® High School Edition and College Edition workbooks there is a listing of state scholarship agencies and their telephone numbers. 

The Directory of State Scholarship Agencies provides information on grants, scholarships, and other financial aid for college students from the state, including federally-supported state programs such as Byrd scholarships and LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) grants. 

Many states have a variety of state scholarships based on may different requirements and criteria. The sooner students know what the requirements are for these state scholarships, the sooner they can plan and prepare ahead, making sure they meet the requirements to qualify.


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Community Service and Leadership Scholarships Starting at Five Years of Age!

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Community Service and Leadership
Community service and leadership opportunities begin as young as five years of age
Community service and documentation are vital to a majority of colleges and scholarships.

View the list of scholarship and award opportunities.
Action for Nature, January 31, Ages 8 - 16 http://actionfornature.org/ecohero_awards.aspx
Kohl's Kids Who Care, February 1 - March 15, Ages 6 - 18
http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp
Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, February 27, Ages 21 and younger 
http://www.dav.org/volunteers/Scholarship.aspx
National Caring Award, Jan 1 - March 1, Ages 9 - 99  http://www.caringinstitute.org/caringawards.html
The Do Something Awards, October 1 - March 1, Ages 5 - 25
 http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards_guidelines
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Awards, October 1 - March 1, 
Ages 13 - 18, http://www.fcclainc.org/content/community-service
Youth Action Net Award, February 1 - March 8, Ages 18 - 29 http://youthactionnet.org/index.php?fuse=apply
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, January 1 - April 30, Ages 8 - 18
http://barronprize.org/how-nominate
The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award, Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, Ages 13 - 18
http://www.heartofamerica.org/scholarships.htm
Heroes of the Heart Gee Whiz Kids Award, Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, Ages 5 - 12
http://www.heartofamerica.org/scholarships.htm
Sodexo Foundation Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships, October 5 - December 5,  Ages 5 - 25 
http://sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Sept. 1 - Nov. 6, Grades 5th - 12th http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page
Do a Good Deed Contest (weekly), Ongoing (Win a computer!), Ages 5 - 18 http://www.doagooddeed.com/

Award Recognition Certificates Only
The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Ongoing, Ages 5 - 99  http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
The Congressional Award, Ongoing, Ages 14 - 23 http://www.congressionalaward.org/youth/vps.php
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Ongoing, Grades 9th - 12th http://www.jeffersonawards.org
PBS Zoom into Action, Ongoing, Ages 5 - 18 http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/action/

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