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Scholarships for Students Committed to Service

Was fulfilling your high school's service requirement a cinch because of how much you love to volunteer? That passion for service may help you pay for college. Check out these scholarships for community service.


Saint Louis University Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship is granted to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity and social justice, who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • For students entering in the 2018-19 academic year, the test score needs to be an ACT composite of 23 or greater or an SAT of 1050 (math + critical reading) taken prior to March 2016 or an SAT of 1130 (math + evidence-based reading and writing) taken after March 2016.
  • A cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on your transcript at the end of your junior year.

Scholarship Amount:

SLU's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a renewable four-year academic award of $3,000 per year. Because it is combined with other merit-based scholarships awarded by Saint Louis University, SLU's MLK Scholars receive a minimum total award of $13,000.

Saint Louis University John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to transfer students who have demonstrated significant dedication to community service. A separate application is required.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in previous college coursework
  • Minimum of 60 transferable college credit hours
  • Significant involvement in community service

Scholarship Amount:

This scholarship is a renewable for up to four semesters with an award of $10,000 per year. It requires 40 hours of service per semester.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships

The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicants should be aged 5 to 25 and enrolled in an accredited US educational institution.
  • You must have demonstrated an on-going commitment to your community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Added consideration is given to students who are working to fight childhood hunger.
  • You and anyone recommending you for the scholarship must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Scholarship Amount:

Scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

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