Humanity Rising - A Better World Through Service




Scholarship application

Humanity Rising awards scholarships to students who are creating a more compassionate and better world through service. High school students and freshmen and sophomores in college are eligible to apply. Our scholarships currently range from $1,000 to $2,500 and can be used for college or trade school. To apply for a scholarship award, please make sure to follow the steps below.

Join The Humanity Rising Movement

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must first join the Humanity Rising Movement. You may share your story with us in writing and or video at any time after you’ve joined the Humanity Rising Movement.


Apply For a Scholarship Award!

Once you’ve joined Humanity Rising, you are eligible to share your service story with us for scholarship consideration. To apply for a scholarship, you may submit your service story in writing and / or video.

Benefits of being a part of the Humanity Rising Movement

  • Become your best self and better the world around you!
  • Be eligible for service scholarships!
  • Be eligible for service-learning hours (subject to school approval)
  • Build leadership and life skills!
  • Enhance your resume for college / career
  • Connect with like-minded passionate youth
  • Be a part of something greater than yourself … and have FUN!
Kayla Pilgrim

“Hi! I’m Kayla, and I encourage you to join the Humanity Rising Movement. Humanity Rising empowers young people to change the world. Becoming a Humanity Rising Ambassador has allowed me to develop my skills in service, expand my interests, and connect with other youth passionate about causes that matter to me. Join the movement now!”

– Kayla P., Humanity Rising Ambassador, Illinois

How often do you award college scholarships?2022-06-22T20:08:33+00:00

Humanity Rising awards scholarships on an ongoing basis. Awards range in size from $500 to $2,500 and up. As our program continues to grow, we will be expanding the number of awards (and the size of some awards).

What are the chances of me winning a college scholarship?2022-05-18T15:42:53+00:00

We have thousands of students taking part in the Humanity Rising Movement, but we also have a growing list of donors and supporters who want to provide scholarships as a reward for the good work of students. Our focus will always be on keeping the pipeline filled with scholarship opportunities. Hopefully you’ll focus on finding your service passion, telling us your story, and becoming a recipient of a Humanity Rising Service Scholarship!

What must I do to win a college scholarship?2022-05-18T15:42:46+00:00

Tell us your service story! There are no minimum hours required and no specific activity that is more or less compelling in the eyes of our judges. We’re looking for service that was impactful and meaningful to you and those who benefitted from your volunteerism or innovative service project. A good rule of thumb is at least ten (10) hours of overall engagement. ​

How will I know if I win?2022-05-18T15:42:42+00:00

You will be contacted by a member of the Humanity Rising team via email if you are a finalist. As a finalist, you’ll be asked to provide additional information regarding your service project AND the contact information of a teacher or other adult who can provide additional insight regarding the service you’ve performed. That information will then be reviewed and a final winner(s) chosen. If you are selected by our judges to receive a college scholarship, you will be notified again via email.

If I win a college scholarship, when will I get the money?2022-05-18T15:42:36+00:00

Humanity Rising uses a third party scholarship administrator. After notifying you of your award, Humanity Rising will contact our scholarship administrator and provide them with your award amount, the timeframe you should be starting college, and your mailing address. You will then be contacted directly by the scholarship administrator and provided additional paperwork related to the disbursement of your scholarship. The award will be issued directly to the school you attend once you’ve started your program with that institution.

I have several service passions and multiple stories to share. Can I submit more than one story?2022-05-17T21:31:10+00:00

Absolutely! Each will be considered on its own merits. Also, if you submit a service story but do not earn a scholarship…feel free to submit that story again after a few months if you have continued that specific volunteer / service project endeavor and have achieved additional, positive outcomes.

Can I do a service project with a group of friends?2022-05-17T21:30:47+00:00

Of course…and we encourage you do so if that is part of your service passion. Please note that Humanity Rising currently does not issue “group” scholarship awards. So, you and other members of your group project must individually submit your service story to Humanity Rising for scholarship consideration. We’ll announce via our newsletter and web site when group awards become available.

What is the deadline for submitting my service story?2022-05-17T21:30:31+00:00

Our programs TYPICALLY run on what is known as a “rolling” scholarship schedule. This means we’ll review service stories as submitted and announce scholarship winners at different times throughout the year. So, unless you see a specific service challenge posted with a submission deadline, feel free to submit your service story at any time for college scholarship consideration!

How do I choose a service project?2022-05-17T21:26:14+00:00

This is entirely up to you. We want you to find your service passion under any of our ten major cause categories. Your project could be volunteering at a local animal shelter (Animal Welfare), mentoring a younger student (Education), or organizing a beach / park clean-up project (Environment). Just ask “What Cause Inspires You?” then follow that lead.

Where can I get ideas for a service project?2022-06-22T20:12:14+00:00

Check out our What Cause Inspires You and other podcasts to get service ideas and connect with like-minded students– perhaps you’ll find a service story that inspires you to do the same in your community. If you need help, reach out to your family, teachers / counselors, or others about your desire to perform service and interest in finding your service passion. You can also check our students page for additional ideas and opportunities.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here?

Send your question to us via email at  A member of our team will get back to you (typically within 72 hours).

Join the Movement

Melissa P

“Becoming a Humanity Rising Ambassador has been an amazing opportunity to build my leadership skills, connect with other service-oriented youth, and gain the resources necessary to pursue service through causes I’m passionate about.”

Marissa P., Delaware Valley Regional High School, New Jersey
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