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The application program will be live on or after May 2, 2023. Please return then and navigate to the Scholarship America Hub to register your account and begin your application process!

Student Volunteer Award
Live application window: May 2, 2023 through May 31, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time

The Student Volunteer Award is a collection of named scholarship awards established to assist student volunteers who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for funds is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Student Volunteer Award must:

  • Be graduating high school seniors
  • Be a part of a Dollars for Scholars supported service area and have applied for a Dollars for Scholars scholarship.
  • Have community service/volunteer experience within four years as of the application deadline
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plan to attend an accredited two-year, four-year college or university, or a vocational-technical college in a full time course of study for the entire upcoming academic year


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted.

Awards are one-time only.

Recipients can only receive one student volunteer award.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Sponsor. Payment is made in August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Charles Scher Endowed Scholarship Program

  • Self-identify as male
  • 1 award of $1,000
  • Assuming there are qualified applicants, preference given to those who participated in high school athletics

Joseph M. and Barbara B. Hinchey Scholarship Program

  • 1 award of $1,500
  • Assuming there are qualified applicants, preference will be given to a recipient who plans to pursue a degree in Art and Archeology, Landscape Architecture, or Design and Horticulture/Botany

Robson Scholarship Fund

  • Reside in a service area supported by a Minnesota Dollars for Scholars Chapter
  • 2 awards of $1,000

The Scholarship America Student Volunteer Award Fund

  • 5 awards of $1,000

The William and Margret Nelsen Scholarship Program

  • 1 award of $1,000

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than June 5, 2023 3:00 pm 3:00pm  Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Student Volunteer Award is a collection of named scholarship awards that have partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!