Service-Based Scholarships & Resources

Educational & Program Funding

The Cox Engagement Scholars Program provides for hard-working Indiana residents who are incoming freshmen, are academically strong, have demonstrated financial need, and have a commitment to service.

Students selected as CE Scholars earn the following:

  • A scholarship for 25 percent of the total cost of attendance to represent a stipend for successful participation in the Advocates for Community Engagement (ACE) Program on the Bloomington Campus. They are required to demonstrate a commitment to their education and to their future, while serving Indiana University and the wider community through employment.

  • A scholarship for the student's gap between existing IU scholarships, federal and state grants, and the official cost of attendance at Indiana University.*

This is a program started and funded by Scott MacDonald to pay full-time university students to help others through innovative and impactful community service projects, undertaken under the sponsorship and supervision of participating colleges and universities.

This program is aimed at students with a passion for community service.

Students named MacDonald Scholars will engage in 280 hours of community service of their choosing, maintain set academic standards and communicate regularly with an approved faculty or staff mentor.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. Leaders and Achievers, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership.

To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers students are awarded one-time scholarships, with a base award of $1,000.

Each year, Comcast asks principals and guidance counselors to help them identify the best and the brightest high school seniors for recognition as Comcast Leaders and Achievers. Their signature scholarship program rewards young people for getting involved in their schools and making positive change in their communities.

In recognition of their community service, academic achievement and leadership skills, winners receive one-time college scholarships.

Up to two Monroe County, Indiana graduating high school seniors may be awarded four-year (eight semesters or twelve trimesters), full tuition scholarships to pursue baccalaureate degrees at colleges in Indiana.

The scholarship also includes up to $900 annually for required textbooks and equipment. Students who demonstrate ability, leadership and potential through community service, exemplary school citizenship, outstanding academic performance and school attendance will be considered. Application deadline is December 1st before the following May award issuance.

The National Caring Award is sponsored by the Caring Institute and the Pay It Forward Foundation. Each year 10 nominated adults and 5 nominated young adults (12th grade and below) are recognized through this program.

The young adults each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Nominations are due March 1st of the award year. campaigns are fun and creative ways to serve your community in a way that doesn't require, in their words, an “old person, a car, or money.”

In addition to the satisfaction of doing something good for the community, campaign participants are also entered to win academic scholarships, usually of several thousand dollars, and other cool stuff.

The Stamps Foundation partners with 41 universities and colleges in the United States to provide merit scholarships to exceptional young people. Its objective is to help the young leaders of today and tomorrow make meaningful advances towards their lifetime goals during their college years.

The Stamps Foundation, together with its partner schools, is seeking candidates who demonstrate academic merit, strong leadership potential and exceptional character. All interested students should apply directly to one or more of the partner programs to be considered for the Stamps Scholarship. The Stamps Foundation does not award the Stamps Scholarships directly.

The largest youth recognition program in the United States, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes middle level and high school students for their outstanding community service.  The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor students for outstanding service at the local, state, and national level. 

The program's goals are to applaud young people who are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities through volunteering.

This award-earning, non-competitive program is a challenging and fun way for young people to become even more engaged in what they enjoy or would like to try out.  The program is open to all 14 to 23-year-olds. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates and Award Medals.


Goals are set in four program areas: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Moving at their own pace – on their own or with friends - a student sets his own challenging goals when registering for the program. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

The AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs--AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National. An AmeriCorps member serving in a full-time term of national service is required to complete the service within 12 months.

Upon successful completion of the service, members are eligible to receive the education award. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year.  Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.