Education for Service Scholarship

Full-Tuition Scholarships

Through the Education for Service Scholarship, first-generation students can receive a full-tuition award to attend Buena Vista University based on their academic achievements and service-oriented work. Full-tuition four-year scholarships are available exclusively to high school students in Buena Vista County. In return, award-winning students will serve as volunteers and mentors to build on valuable personal, leadership, and professional skills.

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About the Program

  • Engage in a supportive cohort with staff and faculty mentors and peers to foster your success through service, mentorship, leadership, professional skills, and educational opportunities including priority to participate in an annual alternative week of learning trip.
  • Matched with a peer mentor during your first year and complete 1-2 hours of community engagement activities each week.
  • Chart your own path in future years to serve as a student mentor or volunteer in the local community.
  • Opportunity to enroll with AmeriCorps in Sophomore, Junior, and/or Seniors years to qualify for annual Educational Award.

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  • Eligibility Requirements

About our Education for Service Scholars

Cody Holtgrewe delivering Meals on Wheels during the COVID-19 pandemic

BVU Students Continue AmeriCorps Service from Afar

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Education for Service Scholars Find Success in Serving

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Sustaining Collegiate Dream Through Service

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An Affordable Opportunity

Pell Grants may be used to pay for on-campus room and board, but all other federal, state, and institutional aid will be used to fulfill the full-tuition scholarship commitment.

Students will gain additional personal, leadership, and professional skills in decision-making, goal-setting, communication, and much more. To apply, all components of the BVU application for admission, FAFSA, and the Education for Service Full-Tuition Scholarship Application must be completed. The application deadline is November 1. 

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