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Giving back to the community works for students and organizations alike

Monday, December 17, 2012
In their search for scholarships to help pay college expenses, students might overlook some lesser known sources of funding. While many scholarships are awarded for academic achievement, students who are active in their community or who want to make a difference in the lives of others should identify scholarships that recognize and reward these activities.

Making a difference
A number of large businesses give back to their communities by rewarding college-bound students for their achievements and service. For example, insurance giant AXA operates an initiative known as the AXA Achievement Community Scholarship Program. Every AXA Advisors’ branch office awards up to 12 scholarships of $2,000 every year to high school seniors in their area. While community service is not a requirement, candidates must demonstrate "ambition and drive" and "respect for self, family and community.”

Recognizing selflessness
If you are committed to making a difference in your community, you may be eligible for financial aid packages like the Caring Award, which is dispersed by nonprofit organization The Caring Institute. This award is worth up to $2,000 and recognizes the important contributions that young people make to society.

Another scholarship program that seeks to reward young people for their selflessness is the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Every year, the Barron prize is awarded to 25 young people across the country in recognition of their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. The maximum award is $2,500. Previous recipients have done everything from working to provide clean drinking water to African villages to organizing rodeos for disabled children. Candidates hoping to receive either the Caring Award or Gloria Barron Prize must be nominated by an adult.

Volunteers working for you
One of the leading nonprofit organizations that provides college scholarships to young people is Scholarship America. The core of the group's programs is the Dollars for Scholars initiative. Comprised of more than 1,000 regional chapters across the country, which are run by volunteers, this program provides scholarships to students as well as assistance with navigating the financial aid and college application process.  Dollars for Scholars volunteers help to raise scholarship funds and to establish endowments for eligible students in approximately 2,850 communities nationwide.

Remember to look beyond the obvious when conducting your scholarship search. There are many organizations that are looking to reward you for your achievements.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800927867-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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