There’s no doubt about it: volunteering can change communities—and the individuals who do it—for the better. Student volunteering provides a pathway for building skills (or even future employment) while benefiting local citizens. And, as we’ve covered before, that service can lead to more scholarships for students.
Scholarship America’s Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is one of those opportunities, celebrating local volunteerism. The SVA is open to high school seniors, vocational-technical students, undergrads and adult students who are or will be studying full-time. Past recipients can also re-apply. The award encourages and rewards volunteer service, while also applauding and supporting academic excellence.
Today, we’re announcing 16 SVA winners from across the nation. Each of these students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, with one national winner able to renew their award for up to three years. (Check out this blog for our future national winner announcement!) From Eagle Scouting to mentoring to building Habitat for Humanity homes after Hurricane Sandy, these incredible students have contributed more than 33,000 hours of service in their workplaces, schools and communities. We’re thrilled to recognize them!
South Windsor Dollars for Scholars
South Windsor, Connecticut
St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars
St. Peter, Minnesota
Winnacunnet Dollars for Scholars
North Hampton, New Hampshire
Shakopee Dollars for Scholars
Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars
New York, New York
District 883 Dollars for Scholars
Norman County West Dollars for Scholars
Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars
Barnum Dollars for Scholars
Stamford Dollars for Scholars
Scholarship Assistance Fund Dollars for Scholars
Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars
Belle Plaine, Minnesota
Arlington Dollars for Scholars
Sunnyside District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars
Le Sueur-Henderson Dollars for Scholars
Le Sueur, Minnesota
Ankeny Dollars for Scholars
All students who applied for this award are from communities served by a Dollars for Scholars affiliate—a network of more than 500 local organizations that raise scholarship funds, establish endowments, provide financial aid assistance and more, all to help students achieve postsecondary success. The vast majority of Dollars for Scholars affiliates are volunteer-run themselves, and many students help at their local affiliates, bringing the award and volunteer spirit of communities full circle.
*To further elevate the importance of volunteerism, these five students received Scholarship America staff awards, funded by donations from Scholarship America employees on a volunteer basis throughout the year!
To learn more about the SVA, visit Scholarship America’s website. Stay tuned for our announcement of the National Student Volunteer of the Year!