Concordia University, St. Paul Offers a $5,000 Scholarship for AmeriCorps Alumni
For Immediate Release: July 29, 2014
Media Contact: Maria Caruso
AmeriCorps Alums Communications Coordinator
Concordia University, St. Paul, Contact
(Atlanta, July 2014) —
In what’s believed to be the first and most far-reaching offer of its kind, Concordia University, St. Paul in Minnesota has announced today that it will extend a $5,000 scholarship to any AmeriCorps alumni accepted into any of their undergraduate or graduate programs. This benefit for domestic service is the broadest example yet of how the higher education community is competing over talented young people who serve in AmeriCorps, and the critical 21st century skills in teamwork, project management, facilitation, and communication that are developed in their service year. Over 120 Title I schools currently provide some benefit to domestic national service alumni, whether through an application waiver, scholarship, or matching grant to individuals who complete an AmeriCorps term of service. AmeriCorps Alums, the national nonprofit network for the nearly one million Americans who have served domestically since 1994, notes that this accelerating trend is especially exciting in light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps in September.
Ben Duda, Co-Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums, remarked, “This is a wonderful endorsement of the talent that chooses to serve our country, and then has incredible potential to lead in our communities. We’re very thankful that our partners at Concordia University, St. Paul are investing in college completion and degree advancement, so that alumni of AmeriCorps can continue to evolve into the leaders our country needs right now.”
“Our 2014 national survey unveiled that 3 in 4 alums want a career that impacts the world, but only two in three feel well-equipped with professional resources to transition after AmeriCorps. Partnerships with schools like Concordia University, St. Paul help Alums take the next step in their professional journey.” AmeriCorps Alums published a May 2014 report entitled Untapped Potential which outlined the professional development needs and career aspirations that the national service alumni network possess. The report also found that alumni see their AmeriCorps service as a way to serve their country, and that AmeriCorps was their first chance to engage with Americans from different backgrounds. Expanding institutional partnerships and creating service to career pipelines is a significant goal for AmeriCorps Alums.
“As an institution dedicated to service-minded students, Concordia University, St. Paul highly values AmeriCorps members for their interest in service and the professional skill development and work experience that they gained through AmeriCorps and bring to our university,” states Kim Craig, Director of Enrollment Management at Concordia University, St. Paul. “We are very excited to offer AmeriCorps Alums a $5,000 scholarship which can be used on any bachelor’s or master’s level program.” Concordia University, St. Paul has identified AmeriCorps national service as a key talent pipeline, in part because of the many high impact nonprofits in Minneapolis and St. Paul that graduate AmeriCorps members annually from programs like Minnesota Reading Corps, Serve Minnesota and College Possible.
About AmeriCorps Alums
AmeriCorps Alums builds a community of engaged citizens and civic leaders that gets things done for America. An enterprise of Points of Light, AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network that connects the nearly 1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs (including an estimated 80,000 new alumni each year) to the people, ideas and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service. AmeriCorps alumni are predominantly between the ages of 21 – 35, more racially diverse than the U.S. population, and over 60 percent female. For more information, please visit www.americorpsalums.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Concordia University, St. Paul
Founded in 1893, Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive liberal arts university that delivers academic programs designed to respond to marketplace needs by teaching relevant skills and abilities that employers seek. Our affiliation with The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod and our Christian setting allow you to discover and engage your purpose for life, career, and service.