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Niebuhr Service to Society Competition

The Niebuhr Service to Society Competition identifies and rewards prospective Elmhurst University students with significant interest in service to society as an aspect of their college search process.

Grounded in the University’s core values of community, social responsibility, and stewardship, we seek students motivated to transform their communities in line with the teachings of Reinhold Niebuhr and H. Richard Niebuhr.

View the 2021 Niebuhr Service to Society Competition first-place winner Erin Dela Cruz’s video submission.


Round 1: Due February 4, 2022

By February 4, 2022, create a video no longer than three minutes on the topic: “How have you contributed to positive change within your community?” Then click below to submit!


All Round 1 participants will automatically be invited to the Round 2 virtual competition.

Round 2: Saturday, March 5, 2022

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 | 8:30–11:00 A.M. | Virtual

The online event for Round 2 will include a small group exercise for students concluding with an awards ceremony hosted by Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken.

  • FIRST PLACE: The winner receives a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.
  • SECOND PLACE: The winner receives a stipend to cover four years’ room and board.
  • ALL STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE BOTH ROUNDS OF THE COMPETITION will receive a $1,000 Niebuhr Grant, which can be added to previously awarded merit scholarships and/or grants.

The Neibuhr Service to Society Scholarship Competition is open to incoming first-year students. Students who plan to apply for the American Dream Fellowship are not eligible to also apply for the Niebuhr Service to Society scholarship.

Dennis Arreaza’s service project donates soccer equipment to at-risk kids in Guatemala.


Jenny Bogda, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Director of Admission for Internal Digital Content
Office of Admission

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