Community Service Scholarship

What is the Community Service Scholarship?

The Community Service Scholarship is a $52,000 scholarship over four years ($13,000 per year) awarded to students based on past and current participation in community service. Our goal is to award this scholarship to students with a passion for community service with the hope that they will make a positive impact on the St. Lawrence and local communities while in college.

As an institution, St. Lawrence has made a strong commitment to maintaining a productive relationship with the surrounding community and continually encourages students to take an active role in fostering this relationship. Additionally, St. Lawrence students prepare for the responsibility of serving their community, country and world after graduation.

Who is named a Community Service Scholar?

Any U.S. citizen who is applying as a first-year or transfer student is eligible to apply for the Community Service Scholarship.

Because we expect Community Service Scholars to be leaders in service at St. Lawrence, we look for students who have shown initiative and leadership in their community service work. Community Service Scholars include students who have created new service projects in their schools and hometowns, students who have motivated their peers to be involved in worthwhile projects, and students who have made community service a top priority.

How to Apply:

First-year students interested in applying for the Community Service Scholarship must submit a complete St. Lawrence application (Common Application) by February 1. Students who are applying Early Decision must submit scholarship material with their completed application. Transfer students who are interested in being considered for this scholarship must submit the scholarship materials with their application. 

First-year and transfer students applying for the Community Service Scholarship are required to submit a resume and essay. The resume should cover all of your community service involvement (please provide as much detail as possible, including description of project, your role in the project, hours served, duration of project, etc.). Your answer should answer the following questions: 

  • Have you initiated or been a leading member of a service project in your hometown or school community? What role have you played in these involvements? 
  • How did you first become interested in community service work?
  • How have you motived your peers to participate in service with you? 
  • Why is service work important to you? How do you plan to continue your involvement in college? 

Your essay should not simply be your resume in paragraph form. Be creative, tell us a story, and share with us why community service is a significant part of your life. 

This information must be submitted by February 1. We look forward to receiving your scholarship application. 

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Community Service at St. Lawrence University

Over 70 percent of St. Lawrence students participate in community service! Check out what students are doing at St. Lawrence and the opportunities that are available to you:

The David Garner Center for Collegiate Volunteerism