AmeriCorps Partnership Guarantees Minimum $5000 Award to Attend Bush School

October 26, 2016

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A partnership between the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and AmeriCorps has brought a record breaking number of AmeriCorps alumni to the School.

The Bush School awards a minimum of $5000 in financial aid to any AmeriCorps member accepted to the School’s nationally ranked international and public affairs programs. The award partnership has been integral in attracting students with unique perspectives and professional work experience.

“The Bush School’s focus on public service provides AmeriCorps members an opportunity to expand on their experience through a graduate education at a nationally ranked program,’ said Bush School Dean Mark Welsh. “In turn, AmeriCorps members bring a wealth of knowledge to our public administration and international affairs programs and provide an outlook on service that is valuable to their fellow students and faculty members.”

The partnership program between the Bush School and AmeriCorps has been in place for the past three years. Paired with additional Bush School awards and an in-state residency waiver, the Bush School is an attractive option for AmeriCorps alumni seeking to continue their education and career in public service. The partnership is available for non-executive MPSA and MIA students.

Bush School student Christina Harrison

Bush School student Christina Harrison

AmeriCorps is an initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federally supported public service program. Since 1994, over one million Americans have participated in AmeriCorps programs such as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).  AmeriCorps members serve in rural or urban community settings, working in nonprofit agencies, public agencies, or in disaster relief.  Sixteen AmeriCorps alumni are currently enrolled at the Bush School, including former AmeriCorps member Christina Harrison, a second-year Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) student. Harrison credits the award partnership when she made her decision to attend the Bush School.

“I attended one of the online AmeriCorps graduate fairs during my first year of service. When I talked to the Bush School, I was very interested in the nonprofit program, the capstone experience, and the internship opportunities,” said Harrison. “The funding was what really caught my eye though. The Bush School offers a minimum $5000 scholarship to all AmeriCorps alumni, and it can be used in conjunction with his or her Segal Education Award. That kind of financial support makes a big impact when pursuing a career in public service.”

Bush School student Julie Morris

Bush School student Julie Morris

“After finishing my commitment with Teach For America, I was attracted to the Bush School because of its emphasis on service,” said Julie Morris, a former AmeriCorps member, a Teach For America alumnus, and a current MPSA student. “It was important to me to find a program that utilized my service and would help me grow the skills I had already developed as an educator and community organizer.”

All AmeriCorps members who have completed their terms of service are eligible to apply for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, equivalent to the maximum Pell Grant offered in a given award year. In 2016, full-time AmeriCorps members who had completed a minimum 1,700 hours of service were eligible for up to $5800 in award funding.

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