Expanding Education Incentives For AmeriCorps Alumni Is Top Priority
Where and how to use the Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award are amongst the most consistent questions alumni have after completing their AmeriCorps term of service. That’s why AmeriCorps Alums is proud to launch our Universities of Service program in 2013, formalizing our work in advancing two priority areas that are critical to alumni and the national service community:
- Colleges and Universities should see national service alumni as top tier candidates who have ‘real-world’ experience gained in AmeriCorps which sets them apart from their peers.
- Colleges and Universities should recognize the contributions made during national service by providing matching benefits to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, as well as additional scholarship opportunities and application fee waivers.
A great example of this is the Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz III College, which offers AmeriCorps alumni enrolled $6,000 to $10,000 per semester in additional scholarships. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, sees the valuable perspective service alumni add to the school community:
“The School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College educates men and women of intelligent action to take on leadership roles in the public, non-profit and social sectors. The learning and leadership experience that AmeriCorps alumni receive in their service prepares them well for our educational programs. They contribute greatly to our community of scholars, students and partners. We value our partnership with AmeriCorps whose alumni have done so well in our programs and gone on to successful careers in their chosen fields.”
Schools like Indiana University’s SPEA and SPEA Connect Programs, Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy & Management, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies all also offer significant financial assistance for prospective AmeriCorps alumni students. In 2013, AmeriCorps Alums also launched a new University partnership model with SIT Graduate Institute and IPSL– two Universities’ focused on International Service Learning, convening local Alums in sponsored co-hosted networking events with our chapters. This pilot project will reach 10 cities and engage over 400 Alums across the country, with a robust conversation at each event about graduate school pathways and information about each program.
The monthly Career Newsletter will continue to feature school sponsors that recognize the link between service and scholarship, and understand the benefits of the real world experience that AmeriCorps provides as ‘value-added’ to advanced academic studies. Who better to study education, social policy, or public administration than the alumni of AmeriCorps whose national service experience puts them at the forefront of these issues?
As AmeriCorps Alums prepares to launch the next phase of our Universities of Service initiative, we want to pause to celebrate our partner Universities that are increasing their recruiting focuses on the value that service brings to graduate-level studies.
Are you interested in having your University be spotlighted to the AmeriCorps alumni community? If so, please contact Ben Duda at Ben@americorpsalums.org for more information.