R. Gabrielle McCormick

This is one of my favorite times of the year. For Texans, the weather has finally cooled down; for sports fans, we have multiple seasons occurring; but most importantly, there are numerous opportunities to give back to our communities and others.

While I personally believe that you should volunteer all year long, there are tons of events taking place over the months of November and December. Please remember that numerous organizations and causes need our help throughout the year! This holiday season, let’s give a part of ourselves like we’ve never given before because all of us can create change in the world.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider or continue volunteering:

    1. Helping Others: The biggest win is that you’re able to help other people. It’s always a great feeling to help someone else or to give your time to a group or cause.
    2. Learning New Skills: Volunteering creates a myriad of opportunities for you to learn new skills. Maybe you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to market an event or fundraise. You may even learn how to cook by serving at a soup kitchen!
    3. Meeting New People: Volunteering is also special because it brings together individuals from all walks of life. It presents the chance for you to meet new people from the community and possibly even make a few new friends.

All of these wins can be used to strengthen your scholarship profile. Here are some scholarships where you can highlight your volunteering activities:

    1. JAM Paper Teacher Scholarship: Any student who is pursuing a career in education can apply for this scholarship. All you have to do is submit an essay regarding why you want to become a teacher.
      Multiple Awards: $500
      Deadline: November 15th
    2. CourseHorse Learner’s Scholarships: This scholarship is open Students who will attend or are attending a college in the U.S. ages 25 and under. All you have to do is create a one page video or document about a topic you’re passionate about learning.
      Multiple Awards: $1,000
      Deadline: November 25th
    3. Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award: BBG provides the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award to recognize and reward a student who demonstrates a passion for volunteering, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.
      Award: $500
      Deadline: November 29th
    4. A Better America Scholarship Program: Global English Editing awards scholarships to students in the United States who intend to make a positive contribution to the country’s future.
      Award: $1,000 (1 High School Student); $1,500 (1 University Student)
      Deadlines: Vary Depending on Classification

Keep volunteering! All of our hard work will create a season of giving! Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺