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.

Thank you to all of our first-year incoming students who participated in the 2022 competition.

View the 2022 Niebuhr Service to Society Competition first-place winner Zachary Carter’s video submission.


Round 1: Video Submission

To enter the competition, students create a video no longer than three minutes on a given topic. Look for dates and more details as we get closer to next year’s competition.

All Round 1 participants are automatically invited to the Round 2 competition.

Round 2: Group Exercise and Awards Ceremony

The Round 2 event includes a small group exercise for students and concludes 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.

Associate Director of First-Year Admission
Office of Admission

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