world kindness day

Be Rewarded for Your Kindness to Others

On this date in 1997, a small collection of humanitarian groups got together and started what is now known as World Kindness Day — a single day of the year (November 13) when everyone is encouraged to do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be something monumental, either. Sure, you could collect clothes for the homeless or start a toy drive for children this holiday season, but something as simple as saying “hello” to a stranger counts, too. Just think of all the moments in your day where one small gesture could make a huge difference in someone’s life; such as that girl sitting alone at lunch, who may be reaching her breaking point, but a few minutes of your time sharing a meal could be all she needs to see a light in the darkness. Or maybe, holding the door open for an elderly person would demonstrate that courtesy and kindness still exists. You could even surprise a few people by paying for their coffee in the drive-thru at Starbucks on your way into class or work. The possibilities are endless.

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Prudential Scholarship

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Do you know a student (grades 5 through 12) who volunteers at school or within the community? You may want to see if he or she would be a good candidate for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This annual scholarship program recognizes students who have made a difference in their communities over the past 12 months. There are 112 scholarships available, but the application cycle for 2014 is ending soon, so you’ll need to get moving. Here’s everything you need to know if you want to nominate a student or yourself!

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Good Deeds

Your “Good Deeds” Could Score You College Cash!

Do you have a passion for volunteering or giving back to your community?

If so, I know a scholarship that is perfect for you! is offering their brand new Good Deeds Scholarship. If you want to know more about the award, check out this short video featuring our very own scholarship expert, Ashley. She’ll give you the scoop on who can apply, the eligibility requirements, and what you need to do to be a strong contender for this “generous” award.

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Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day Could Lead to College Cash

This Saturday, many secondary schools and colleges will be celebrating Make a Difference Day by encouraging their students to participate in volunteer activities and other events that seek to support their communities. It’s a great opportunity for students to give back, but also a chance for them to earn potential college scholarships. Many state programs, as well as some private scholarships, now require a minimum number of community service hours to compete for college cash. For some students, the thought of working for free or carving out time in their already hectic schedules may not seem all that appealing, but I would encourage them to make the time.

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Volunteer Scholarships

Volunteer Scholarships for Those Who Give Back

If you are a student who volunteers at school or in your community, you already know that helping others is its own reward. Nothing feels better than to help those who may be a little down on their luck or to bring a little laughter to child who is battling cancer. A smile or a hug is worth more than any money you could earn flipping burgers at the local fast food joint. Although volunteer work is not always the most glamorous, you have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and know that you are making a difference in your community. Community service can also help you land a job and get into college. With all these benefits, there really should be no reason why you wouldn’t want to volunteer, but if you still need some incentive, here’s one – scholarships! You may not get paid upfront to donate your time, but all those hours could result in some free money for college. Here are just a few of the programs you may be eligible to win.

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