Community Service Scholars Program

If you are a student with a strong desire to impact the local community through service and action, St. Louis College of Pharmacy's Community Service Scholars Program can provide you with an opportunity to make a difference while receiving scholarship support to finance your education.

Program Overview

Through a competitive selection process, a select number of community service scholars will be selected each year. Selected scholars will receive institutional scholarships in the amount of $3,000 that may be renewed annually for the duration of the bachelor's degree program (maximum of four years).

The program engages students with financial need who have demonstrated academic aptitude and a desire to serve. Through this transformational program, scholars will:

  • Participate in College-sponsored service days
  • Create and promote service opportunities and education to peers
  • Engage in dedicated service with a single agency, issue area and/or organization
  • Study philanthropy, social justice, leadership, and community engagement
  • Create a capstone project/presentation during their senior/P1 year

How to Apply

Past service experience is not a requirement. Rather, prospective scholars must possess a genuine desire to engage in community service along with relevant training, leadership opportunities and reflection sessions. Students should be willing to devote the time and energy needed to be successful in the program.

Eligible candidates must have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less and must complete a 2018-19 FAFSA. Past service experience is not a requirement as circumstances may have prevented some students from participating in community service. International students are not eligible because financial eligibility is based on the FAFSA.

The following items must be submitted by March 2, 2018. 

  1. A completed St. Louis College of Pharmacy Application for Admission
  2. A completed 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Application essay responding to the following prompt:
    You have been charged with designing a service-oriented activity or event that will be executed by you and your peers and is intended to raise awareness for a health issue. In 500-750 words, describe your plan for the event and address some of the following: the health issue you would address, why you chose it, who is the event’s target audience, your planning process, etc.
    Please submit your essay by email to The message’s subject line should read Community Service Scholars Essay.
  4. A letter of recommendation written by someone outside of your family who is familiar with your past volunteerism, dedication to your community, or potential as an agent of change within your community

Materials that are not submitted electronically may be mailed to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Attention: Dan Stiffler, 4588 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Notification of Selection

We will notify finalists of their selection by March 14. Finalists will be invited to interview with the selection committee on March 29 or 30. Interviews may be conducted on campus or by video conference.