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National Awards for Volunteer Service

The Do Something Awards
The BRICK Awards by Do Something provide community grants and scholarships to "change-makers" age 25 and under who work with Do Something to improve their communities. The competition is open to US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Five Do Something Award nominees will receive at least $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. Of the five winners, one grand prize winner will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants. The nominees also participate in a live VH1 TV show and will receive continued support from DoSomething.org. (The community grants are paid to the nominee's organization or a not-for-profit organization of the nominee's choice. All winners have the option of receiving $5,000 of the total award in the form of a college scholarship.) For more information, send email to dsawards@dosomething.org.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, formerly the Comcast Foundation Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program, awards more than one thousand $1,000 scholarships for community service and leadership to high school seniors in communities served by Comcast. Candidates must be nominated by their high school principals by mid-March. Each principal may nominate only one student.

Disabled American Veterans Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards
Disabled American Veterans offers several scholarships for volunteers age 21 and under who volunteer at VA Medical Centers. The scholarships include awards of up to $15,000. For more information, write to Disabled American Veterans, National Service and Legislative Headquarters, Voluntary Services Department, 807 Maine Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Another scholarship available to students who volunteer at VA Medical Centers is the James H. Parke Memorial Scholarship.

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship
The Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship provides a one-year $15,000 stipend to graduating college seniors from 27 participating institutions to develop and implement a community service project. The deadline is in early March. For more information, call 1-212-689-1165, fax 1-212-689-9010, or write to Echoing Green, 198 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is awarded annually to ten US and Canadian students, aged 8-18, who have developed an extraordinary service project that helped people and the planet. Half of the winners are focused on helping their communities and people, and half are focused on protecting the environment. Winners receive a $2,000 scholarship. For more information, write to The Barron Prize, PO Box 17, Boulder, CO 80306-0017.

Hasbro Community Action Hero Award
The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community.  Hasbro Children?s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship.

The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award
The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award is awarded annually to a student for extraordinary community service. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship. Candidates must be a senior in high school or younger when awarded. 

Kohl's Kids Who Care Program
The Kohl's Kids Who Care Program (www.kohlskids.com) honors students age 6-18 who are involved in community service. Candidates enter by being nominated by an adult age 21 years or older. Nominees are considered in two age groups, 6-12 and 13-18, with three prize levels within each group. More than 2,000 children will receive a total of more than $350,000 in scholarships and prizes. More than 2,000 store winners each receive a $50 Kohl's gift card, 194 regional winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship, and 10 national winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship. 

National Caring Award
The National Caring Award is sponsored by the Caring Institute and the Pay It Forward Foundation. Each year 10 adults and 5 young adults (12th grade and below) are recognized through this program. The young adults each receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognize children in grades 5-12 who have engaged in volunteer activities and have demonstrated exceptional community service. The program is sponsored by Prudential in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). State winners receive a $1,000 award. National winners receive a $5,000 award.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue a year of public service anywhere in the world. The money may be used for any project that helps others. Candidates submit a proposal as part of their application. US citizenship is not required. The deadline is in early February. For more information, write to Amy F. Stacy, The Samuel Huntington Fund, 25 Research Drive, Westborough, MA 01582, call 1-508-389-3390, or send email to amy.stacy@us.ngrid.com.

William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
The William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy is awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to individuals and groups of people aged 5-17 and 18-23 who have "demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy". 

VISTA Volunteers in Service to America
VISTA is part of ACTION, the federal domestic volunteer agency. This program offers numerous benefits to college graduates with outstanding student loans. For more information contact:
VISTA
Washington, DC 20525
Phone: 1-800-424-8867

Youth Action Net
YouthActionNet awards twenty $500 grants to youth leaders aged 18-29 for projects that promote social change in their communities.

Youth Service America
Youth Service America administers several awards for community service by students, including the Harris Wofford Awards ($1,000), the State Farm Companies Foundation "Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant" (one hundred $1,000 grants), and the Clay Aiken "Able to Service Awards" (twenty-five $1,000 grants), among others.


*If you know of a program that should be added to the list, please let the Time and Talent Office know.  Thank you.