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Community Hero Scholarship

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Helping your neighbors could get you help for college

Whether you collect food or clothing, tutor children, or hold bake sales, serving your community makes it stronger—and brings you closer to your neighbors. Our Community Hero Scholarship honors people like you who make a difference where you live.

To apply for our $5,000 scholarship, just create a Course Hero account, then write a 500-word essay on how you were inspired to volunteer, and what it has meant to you. If you've won, we'll email you by August 3, 2020, 11:59 PM PST. We’ll then send the scholarship money directly to your school, where it will be applied to your tuition.

Apply by July 3, 2020, 11:59 PM PST


  • Must have completed at least 20 hours of community service in 2019
  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate or graduate college or university as listed with the U.S. Department of Education website
  • Are at least 16 years old
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA

Selection criteria

  • One or more judges from Course Hero will read all of the eligible contest entries and select the scholarship award recipients. The judge(s) shall base their decision on your sincerity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and factual credibility, as well as your response to the following essay question: "What inspired you to begin dedicating your time to help those in need? How has serving your community impacted your character and outlook on life?"
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of your response, as determined by the judge(s)

Required documents

  • Copy of your school or state photo ID (we use this only to verify your identity so we can award you the scholarship)
  • Your year in school
  • Your student ID number (please indicate if this is a high school or college ID number)
  • A high-def photo (we may use your photo and bio to feature you on our website and social media platforms)
  • Short bio (2—5 sentences), including your hometown, school, major (if you have one), and plans for the future. (What would you like people to know about you?)
  • Your mailing address and T-shirt size (for some Course Hero swag!)
  • Are you interested in being featured in a blog post? Yes/No
  • GPA verification
  • Read and sign the "Affidavit" attached to this email.

Legal terms and conditions

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHOLARSHIP OR RECEIVE THE AWARD. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF AWARD. The Course Hero, Inc. Veteran Hero Scholarship Contest (the "Scholarship") is sponsored by Course Hero, Inc. ("Course Hero").

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