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Community Kindness Scholarship

Community Kindness has generously provided a $1,000 scholarship for a Lindenwood University-Belleville student. The author of a winning essay, to be judged by a scholarship committee, will be awarded the scholarship in April.


We live in a society with many distractions. We often get caught up in checking our social media or with other aspects online and can lose sight of what it means to be informed, contributing members of society. We sometimes take things for face value instead of questioning and investigating. There is, however, a world out there with many social issues, books that haven’t been read, words that haven’t been heard.

This semester you completed, or will complete, a service learning experience. This experience required you to interact with community members and contribute to community growth. Maybe this service learning experience was the first time you learned what it means to give back to others and be a civic member of the community. Maybe, instead, you are an active member in the community and strongly believe in giving back. Maybe, on the other side of the spectrum, you have been a recipient of this type of community support.

Service learning also helps one build civic duty awareness, which includes kindness, standing up for others (especially in situations where someone is bullied), a love for one’s country, a desire to serve, etc.

For this scholarship essay, reflect on the following. What does it means for you to be a lifelong learner? What does it mean for you to be a civic member of society and advocate for your community and country? How will you continue to serve others or incorporate service into your life?


To be eligible, students must be enrolled in LUL101 for the Spring 2018 semester.


The scholarship will be awarded to the selected student on April 27, 2018 in the amount of $1,000 and will be applied to the student’s Fall 2018 semester ledger.

Essays should be between 500-1,000 words and should be submitted to Michelle Sanford at by April 16 at 5 p.m.

Essays should include a cover page with student’s name, ID Number, email address, and essay title. The first page of the essay should only have the student’s ID number and essay title. 


Essays will be judged by the scholarship committee on content, originality, style, and grammar. Winning essay will demonstrate the student’s ability to write clearly and articulately with well-supported, logical thoughts.

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