Segal Education Awards Give AmeriCorps Members Options for College and University Degrees
Daemen Joins Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program
July 30, 2012
Contact: Mike Andrei
Furthering an already strong commitment to service learning, Daemen College has joined the AmeriCorps Education Award matching program. The program is designed to encourage AmeriCorps alumni, who bring skill sets such as commitment to community, problem-solving experience, and leadership training, to seek postsecondary education opportunities.
Recognized for five straight years by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its commitment to service learning, Daemen offers wide-ranging opportunities to both students and staff for civic engagement and community volunteer work.
AmeriCorps Education Awards – recently renamed the Segal Education Awards after Eli Segal, one of the pioneers of the national service movement and the first CEO of the Corporation – are a post-service benefit received by AmeriCorps members, including those supported through VISTA and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive a Segal Education Award, which may be used only to pay college costs or to repay student loans. Members may earn up to two awards and have seven years to use this benefit. Since the inception of AmeriCorps in 1994, more than 400,000 alumni have earned more than $1.2 billion in education awards.
Studies show that AmeriCorps alumni, with their commitment to service, also make excellent students. Moreover, a growing number of higher education institutions, in order to encourage AmeriCorps alumni to enroll, are “matching” the education award with scholarships and/or academic credits.
“Service learning is a particularly critical component of a Daemen education,” stated Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “Fostering civic engagement and responsibility to our communities is a key part of our core mission. We feel strongly that this type of learning experience is vitally important for all students to engage in.”
Daemen College will match up to $4,725 of the Segal Education Award for the following graduate programs: Arts Administration; Adolescence Education; Childhood Education/Special Education, Grades 1-6; Executive Leadership and Change (ELC); Global Business; and Accounting.
Award recipients must meet normal admission criteria and be enrolled in a degree program. The match award cannot be combined with other Daemen College grants, scholarships, or assistantships.
Additionally, only two award recipients may be enrolled each enrollment period, per program. A student must take at least nine graduate credit hours each semester (full time).
The goal of Daemen College’s service learning program is to provide opportunities for students to become engaged learners and informed citizens while addressing a myriad of social, economic, educational, and environmental problems faced by disadvantaged populations and communities. Each spring Daemen students perform service at over 50 different community sites, including those in three Buffalo neighborhoods where Daemen has established long-standing partnerships: Seneca Babcock, the West Side, and the Fruit Belt.
In academic year 2011-2012, over 500 Daemen students contributed tens of thousands of service hours to Western New York communities. In 2010, Daemen was selected as one of only 88 lead agencies nationwide to help mobilize more than 500 community volunteers for the twenty second annual Global Youth Service Day.