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Apply for the Eli Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award!

January 30, 2012

To celebrate the great spirit of service and entrepreneurship that Eli Segal embodied, AmeriCorps Alums has opened applications for our prestigious Eli Segal Entrepreneurship Award. AmeriCorps Alums gives this award annually to recognize the achievement and potential of an outstanding alum whose work, after completing his or her service in AmeriCorps, demonstrates entrepreneurial vision and leadership to make this a better world.

The recipient is selected by a panel of judges that includes past Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award Winners, AmeriCorps Alums staff, and representatives of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award Winner receives:

  • Lifetime membership as a Segal Fellow in the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program- includes access to over 400 Founders, who will serve as career advisors, and to the Segal Professional Development Network
  • $5,000 cash award
  • Travel and lodging to Award Ceremony (Washington D.C., May 2012)
  • National recognition on AmeriCorps Alums’ online community and blog

To find out more about the award and to apply, click here.

Here are some fun facts about Eli Segal, in case you wanted to know more about the Man behind the Service Legend:

In 2001, Segal was awarded the Presidentialial Citizens Medal, the nation's second highest civilian honor.

He is a really ‘big deal’ in the service movement – In 1993, he oversaw the creation and passage of The National and Community Service Trust Act, which helped to create the Corporation for National and Community Service. President Clinton went on to appoint him as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, where he successfully launched AmeriCorps during his first term.

He brought together the longstanding Senior Corps and VISTA programs with the newer NCCC and Learn and Serve America programs, all under one federal agency. He continued to serve as CEO until 1995.

He loved “getting things done” – A successful social entrepreneur, astute businessman and passionate political activist, Eli was a top aide to President Clinton during both presidential campaigns and in his administration. During Clinton’s second term, Segal was asked to serve as the head of the Welfare to Work Partnership, an organization that encourage businesses to invest in the hiring of people on welfare.

Eli’s passion for civic engagement shines in our communities through the millions of lives impacted by Welfare to Work Partnerships and the 700,000+ young lives that served through AmeriCorps.

He was a great friend – Eli, who passed in 2006, was celebrated as a great friend and mentor by those closest to him.

“Eli was a truly extraordinary person – He made an enormous difference for the people he knew and the country he loved… (Eli) had more friends than anyone I knew, and more people loved him than anyone I knew… It’s an irreplaceable loss, but Eli would want us to move on and continue to make a difference every day in our lives.”

– Sandy Berger, Clinton’s National Security Adviser and was one of Mr. Segal’s closest friends

 ”A longtime friend and colleague, Eli embodied the spirit of the American dream and lived his life as a man for others.”

– President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

“(Eli) Your joy has been a blessing above the highest stakes of politics. You have spread more love than most folks who have ever graced this planet.”

– Talk-show host Charlie Rose

Who would you recommend to receive the 2012 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann permalink
    February 11, 2012 8:50 am

    Who were past recipients of this award?

  2. February 13, 2012 11:36 am

    See our past Award winners here.

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