AmeriCorps Alumni Use Matching Grants to Attend Webster

Oct. 10, 2017

AmeriCorps Alumni Use Matching Grants to Attend Webster
Brittney Curtis, graduate student and AmeriCorps participant

Webster University recognized an opportunity three years ago to provide financial support to AmeriCorps alumni and enrolled in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. This program allows AmeriCorps graduates the opportunity to pursue a variety of masters’ degrees through a tuition matching program.

Incoming students have repeatedly noted Webster as being a beneficial academic partner allowing them educational opportunities in the service fields of choice at an affordable cost without having to incur major debt.

AmeriCorps was created from the merger of ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service (CNCS) in 1993 to create opportunities for people to do good works and get things done in America. 

Brittney Curtis, currently serving in her third year with AmeriCorps and pursuing her MA in Counseling at Webster, expressed her gratitude for AmeriCorps as it allows her to do work that is purposeful. “My goal in life is to live a life of service,” said Curtis. Working with College Bound as a college completion coach at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park has helped Curtis find her true calling.

“I want to work with Veterans with mental illness so I was able to focus my service in the Counseling area but also join the Army for real world experience. Knowing I can pursue my MA in Counseling without worrying about the tuition has been the path I needed to continue going out and promoting the call to service,” Curtis added.

AmeriCorps was created from the merger of ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service (CNCS) in 1993 to create opportunities for people to do good works and get things done in America.

There are currently sixteen students utilizing an AmeriCorps matching grant this academic year. Since the beginning, Webster has had over 50 students benefit from its partnership with CNCS. The programs most funded have been the MBA and MA in Counseling. 

“We are fortunate to have these students join our student body. They bring an enriched perspective to the classroom from their AmeriCorps experiences with a true focus on service and being a resource for those in need,” said Beth Russell, assistant provost for graduate studies.

Webster University is committed to this partnership knowing it will benefit the AmeriCorps alumni and enrich our student body. Click here for more information about the AmeriCorps Matching Grant program.

 

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