“The great aim and end of all learning is service.”
How You Can Make a Difference
Students all over America are making a difference in their communities through service-learning. From individual efforts to school-wide projects, they are learning inside and outside of the classroom, creating mentoring programs, improving the environment, and tackling other real-life community issues.
Service-learning projects can be sponsored by your school, an individual teacher, a club, or community group.
If you don’t have a service-learning project in your school, there are other ways you can start volunteering right now:
Recognition for Student Service
Students across the nation are meeting challenges in their communities, demonstrating compassion for others and offering service to those who need assistance. In addition to the many things you'll learn and the accomplishment, satisfaction and pride that you'll feel when you work in service to your community, there are also tangible rewards for your participation.
Spirit of Service Awards
Learn and Serve America and the Corporation for National and Community Service are committed to recognizing and celebrating outstanding leaders and practices in service-learning. The Spirit of Service Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding participants in each of the Corporation's programs, which also include Senior Corps and AmeriCorps.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award
The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer service. This Presidential recognition program honors Americans of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service.
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. President Obama has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher institutions, their students, staff, and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation’s communities.
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Through AmeriCorps, upon successful completion of service in AmeriCorps, individuals can earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be used to pay for college or repay eligible student loans.
Presidential Freedom Scholarship Program
The Presidential Freedom Scholarship Program promoted student service and civic engagement. These scholarships, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, recognized high school students for outstanding leadership in service to their community and neighbors.
This program accepted its last application in 2007
and is no longer accepting applications.
All students who have earned a Presidential Freedom Scholarship have up to seven years from the date of the Scholarship award to claim their funds. To receive instructions on how to claim their Presidential Freedom Scholarship, students should send email or any questions to PFS@cns.gov.