Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award, you must live in a community with a Dollars for Scholars affiliate and receive a recommendation from an affiliate representative. (Find yours by creating a profile or visiting our affiliate search.)

In addition, you must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Adult students entering or resuming a postsecondary program of study are eligible, and past recipients of the award are eligible to apply again.

Selection Criteria

The main criterion for the award is your level of volunteer service over the past four years. Hours volunteered with your local Dollars for Scholars affiliate will earn more points, but all eligible volunteer service hours are taken into account.

In addition, our selection committee will evaluate your academic achievement, work experience, school activities and a statement of your academic goals. Last year, 20 scholarships were awarded in communities across the nation!

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About The Award

Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars communities work every day on a local, grassroots level to help their students get a college degree.

Student volunteers are an invaluable resource in those communities, and the Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is Scholarship America's way of honoring them. This national program provides special recognition and a scholarship award to students who embody the volunteer spirit of Dollars for Scholars.

SVA recipients across the nation will receive $1,000 scholarships, with one national winner earning a $1,000 renewable award for up to four years. These awards are funded by Scholarship America -- including funds raised by our employees.



How To Apply

The nomination period for the 2014 Student Volunteer Award closed on March 15; applications are currently under review and winners will be announced this spring. Applications for next year will open to students in Dollars for Scholars communities on February 1.

If you're not sure whether your community has a Dollars for Scholars affiliate, you can search or create a profile to find out. For recommendation information, use the built-in request form in the profile, or just contact a member of your local Dollars for Scholars affiliate!