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25 Scholarships That Reward You for Making the World a Better Place

The motive for doing good should always be pure (i.e. you shouldn’t expect something in return), but a little bit of incentive never hurts!

Below are 25 scholarships that reward you for doing good. Do good and win money for college!

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#ShareTheGoals Scholarship – $10,000 – Monthly Winners Plus A Grand Winner

The University Network believes that all students and educators should be aware of the Sustainable Development Goals, and thus have created this scholarship. You have to create a video or an infographic, or write an essay illustrating the importance of the goals. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to 10 distinct winners – one winner will be chosen each month from September 2016 to June 2017; then in July 2017, one GRAND winner (selected from the pool of monthly winners) will win an additional $5,000.

Spread the Word on Safety Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by January 6

This $1,000 scholarship by Beyond Wellness puts the scholarship in the control of the qualifying candidates: once the student’s application and essay goes live, they are given full control to share it socially. Candidates whose essay reaches the highest amount of social shares will be selected as the winner, so start spreading the word on safety as soon as possible.

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship – Up to $5,000 – Apply annually by January 18

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-6 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, poverty alleviation, etc.


Quit Smoking Community Scholarship – $1,500 – Apply biannually by January 21 & July 21

Quit Smoking Community offers a $1,500 scholarship to the one with the best idea on how to inspire smokers to quit. Scholarship is available for the Fall and Spring semesters every year.


Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest – Up to $3,000 – Apply annually by February 1

Alcorehab knows the dangers of alcohol and addiction, and is offering this scholarship to raise awareness. If you are concerned with the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction, share your vision and enter for a chance to win up to $3,000 toward your educational expenses!


Parentinn Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by February 28

In an effort to prevent cyberbullying, Parentinn has created the annual $1,000 Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship.

Stop Texting and Driving Video Contest – $1,000 – Apply annually by April 3

The growing number of teens involved in life altering accidents with such a solvable cause is heart-breaking. That’s why Raybin & Weissman P.C decided to do what they can by offering 3 students the opportunity to receive a $1,000 college scholarship for creating a video to help others from texting and driving.

Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship – $1,500 – Apply biannually by April 15 and October 15

Does sustainability rank high on your list of concerns? Use your passion and you could win up to $1,500! Pelican Water Systems seeks to support the next generation of leaders and innovators who display integrity, passion, and a commitment to excellence to find sustainable solutions to protect our world’s most important resource.

E-waste Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply by April 30

Are you passionate about the environment? Let your voice be heard and you could win a $1,000 scholarship. It just takes a tweet!

AED Superstore Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by May 31 & November 30

Submit a short 500 word essay or 3 minute video on a fact about sudden cardiac arrest and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship from AED superstore!

The Advocates Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply biannually by May 15 & December 11

In an effort to help with the costs of attending college, and to advocate for road safety, The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day are offering two $1,000 scholarships for current or prospective college students!

Source Supply College Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by May 31

Do you love to recycle and do your part to keep the earth clean? If so, this $1,000 annual Source Supply scholarship is for you!

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by June 30

Cyberbullying is a harmful act that can seriously destroy the mental and physical health of the victim. Share your support of ending cyberbullying by filling out a short application and writing a quick essay for a chance to win $1,000!

Duffy Law, LLC Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by July 15

Sexual Assault is a tough issue that must be discussed. Share your opinions on the topic and you could win a $1,000 scholarship.

Prevent Gun Violence Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by August 20

This $1,000 scholarship by Legal Templates is designed to get our nation’s youth to think critically about the interaction between laws and society, specifically the relationship between gun ownership laws and gun violence rates in U.S. society.

Ivein Health and Wellness Scholarship – $2,000 – Apply biannually by August 31 & December 31

Intermountain Vein Center supports college students who choose to live a healthy lifestyle amidst the stressful circumstances of being a college student. Share your thoughts about healthy living for a chance to win $2,000!

Create Real Impact Scholarship – $1,500 – Apply annually by September 30

Impact Teen Drivers created an annual Create Real Impact Scholarship to find the solution to distracted driving. Create a project explaining your solution to the problem and you could win $1,500.

Youth Noise Scholarship Program – $1,000 – Apply by November 21

Do you have ideas about changing the world in the future? Make a short video for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply by November 30

If you have an interest in the environment or sustainability, this is the scholarship for you! Good360 is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the person with the best photo and short essay!

Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by December 1 is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the best entry that inspires other students to focus on looking twice for motorcycle safety.

Green Home Improvement Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by December 15

HomeAdvisor is challenging students to break new ground in green home improvement by offering a $1,000 scholarship every year to one student.

A Better America Scholarship Program – $1,000 – Apply annually by December 31

Global English Editing awards scholarships to students in the United States who intend to make a positive contribution to the country’s future. Write a quick outline for a chance to win $1,000!

CustomerBloom Scholarship – $1,000 – Apply annually by December 31

CustomerBloom wants to support the young new leaders in the digital agency market and help people of influence who bring ideas and guidance into the industry. Make a 2-5 minute video for a chance to win this annual $1,000 scholarship!

The Safe Driving Scholarship – $2,500 – Apply annually by December 31

This $2,500 annual scholarship is open to all high school juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate university or community college students in the United States.

The Future of Assisted Living Scholarship – $2,000 – Apply annually by December 31

This is’s annual scholarship for advancement in higher education. Three students will be awarded one $2,000 scholarship each.

Doing good feels good, but it feels even better to get rewarded for doing good!



Yoora is the Creative Director at The University Network. She finds beauty in simplicity and grace in the mundane.