Awards and Scholarships

Certificates of Meritorious Service are awarded to graduating seniors who have contributed 260 or more hours of service by the first Friday in April.  Awards are given at the graduation rehersal/awards ceremony. Students with at least 260 hours in fall of their senior year can write the following on college applications:
“ Eligible for Certificate of Meritorious Service given by the State of Maryland for at least 260 hours of Student Service Learning”

Kiwanis Club of Bethesda Community Service Scholarship is a $1000 dollar college scholarship for two deserving Walt Whitman seniors who have excelled in their service to the community. To be considered you must complete a 500 word essay describing your community service involvement and its impact. Contact Mr. DeMember ( in Room C323 for details. Due about April 1 each year.

Jane Fairweather Community Service Scholarship is a $500 scholarship based on outstanding service to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase community. Up to three seniors selected by Whitman are nominated. Applications will be available in the SSL office in late March or early April. Service hours counted as part of the SSL graduation requirement cannot be included. Contact the SSL Coordinator for details.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is open to those students who apply through the organization where they did their service. All hours must be done with that organization. Organizations can apply on-line to be a certified organization with the program. Awards are given at different levels of service. See

Hours required Bronze Silver Gold
Age 14 and under 50 -75 75 - 99 100 or more
Age 15 to 25 100-174 175 – 249 250 or more

See “FinAid” at for more than 25 national scholarships and awards that focus on community service.

Check Whitnet or stop by the Transcript office to learn about other community service awards that become available throughout the year.