Are Community Service and Volunteering Part of Scholarship Requirements?

Volunteering anf community service

Are Community Service and Volunteering Part of Scholarship Requirements?

Published September 7, 2019 | Last Updated October 5th, 2023 at 05:31 pm

Volunteering anf community service

Students searching for college scholarship money will quickly notice a recurring theme in many scholarship applications and their requirements. Organizations offering scholarships overwhelmingly require students to share what type of community service and volunteer projects in which they have been involved.

Students applying late in their senior year of high school and who did not make the time to volunteer on a regular basis might show up at a soup kitchen a few times hoping their work will impress scholarship judges enough to be picked to win scholarship money. Unfortunately, these types of last minute “get it done” efforts show an inclination to procrastinate and a lack of time management skills.

When it comes to volunteering and college scholarships, quality vs. quantity is what scholarship judges are searching for.

Quality Volunteer Work Over Quantity for Scholarships

Quality volunteer work begins well before college scholarship applications are searched for, filled out, and submitted. Early in a student’s high school career (or even better, middle school career) charitable causes with some sort of personal meaning should be explored.

A family active in a church or other place of worship can encourage their students to be a regular volunteer at fundraisers, dinners, and youth activities. The student hoping to find a career in the medical field can explore the different aspects of medicine by volunteering at his or her local hospital and becoming familiar with the staff and medical personnel working there.

Students can show leadership skills by finding a need in their communities and creating their own charitable projects. They instantly become the “founder,” “creator” or “organizer” of the project, which is highly impressive to scholarship judges and administrators.

Volunteering Also Leads to Recommendations

When a student has volunteered for the same organization for a long period of time, they build strong relationships with the adults in supervising roles. This puts students in an excellent position to ask for letters of recommendation for both scholarship and college applications, and also for future job references.

Quality letters of recommendation come from adults that can provide specific details including personal stories, first-person observations, and a genuine desire to see the student succeed.

College scholarship judges can easily differentiate between the student who scrambled to squeeze in a few community service hours and the one who spent time building relationships and truly making a difference in his or her community.

Expose Your Student to Volunteer Opportunities

Parents wondering what they can do to put their young students in a favorable position when it comes time for college scholarship applying can volunteer as a family and expose their kids to the good that comes from helping out people in need. This early exposure to community service is often all it takes to instill in students a spirit of volunteerism that will benefit others, impress scholarship judges, and create fine citizens who will go on to do great things in life.

_______

Use R2C Insights to help find merit aid and schools that fit the criteria most important to your student. You’ll not only save precious time, but your student will avoid the heartache of applying to schools they aren’t likely to get into or can’t afford to attend.  

Other Articles You Might Like:

Our Full Tuition Scholarship Journey

Volunteering in High School Means Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rewards for Your Child

Our Family’s Direct-Admit Nursing Program Journey

JOIN ONE OF OUR FACEBOOK GROUPS & CONNECT WITH OTHER PARENTS: 

PAYING FOR COLLEGE 101

HOW TO FIND MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

In this article:

Upcoming Events

Similar Articles for You

Dear Roadie, My Son Struggles in AP Courses. Is The Stress Worth It for College?

Advice

Dear Roadie, My Son Struggles in AP Courses. Is The Stress Worth It for College?

Dear Roadie, My son wants to load up on AP classes his senior year because he thinks it will impress...

6 Types of Insurance for College Students and How to Save on Them

College Life

6 Types of Insurance for College Students and How to Save on Them

Navigating insurance options is essential for college students to protect their health, belongings, and finances. However, many people aren’t aware...

How to Write a College Essay That Works

Apply

How to Write a College Essay That Works

Millions of high school students apply for college each year, and many have to write at least one college application...

Become a Member

At Road2College you’ll find everything you need to make the admissions and paying for college process less stressful and more transparent.

TOOLS

Explore R2C Insights™ — your source for finding affordable colleges and merit scholarships.

Coaching

Get coaching on admissions and college financing.

Community

Join Road2College where parents and experts work together to inform and inspire college-bound families.