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Student Volunteer Program

Group of youth volunteersStudent volunteers are an important part of the VA medical centers’ treatment team.  They will receive valuable experience and training which will benefit them in applying for college and jobs.  The James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship Award provides scholarship opportunities to students who volunteer at VA medical centers (your local VA health care Voluntary Service staff has current nomination criteria).  Student volunteers are liaisons with their communities and provide a valuable element of caring for Veterans.  The VA Voluntary Service program offers students excellent opportunities for:

  • exploring health care career options;
  • gaining experience in a health care environment;
  • learning new skills; making new friends;
  • qualifying to be nominated for multiple college scholarships and the James H. Parke Memorial college scholarship

There are many opportunities to explore in the Student Volunteer Program.  Here are just a few of the services and specialties available to student volunteers:

Student volunteer assists Veteran at National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Audiology and Speech Pathology Outpatient/Ambulatory Care Activities Extended Care
Occupational Therapy Information Technology Patient Escort
Laboratory Medicine Pharmacy Medical Administration
Physical Therapy Medical Illustration Research
Nursing Social Work Nutrition and Food Service

How do I become a VA student volunteer?

You have two convenient ways:

  1. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs facility nearest you. Ask for Voluntary Service. Tell their staff of your interest in becoming a VAVS Volunteer.  The staff will take care of everything else including your interview, orientation, and assignment! Locate the VA facility nearest you.

  2. Go to Volunteer or Donate, fill out and submit the form.  Someone from the local VAVS office will contact you with further information.