Webster Matches AmeriCorps Award

AmeriCorps volunteers can receive matching Webster funds to pay for graduate programs

ST. LOUIS - Starting this fall, AmeriCorps alumni enrolled as graduate students in selected Webster University master's programs will be eligible for up to $5,400 in matching awards toward their degree. Webster announced this week that it would participate in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program.

AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service to their communities. AmeriCorps alumni are eligible to receive from the program up to $5,645 that can go toward a graduate degree after completing their volunteer work. Under the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, Webster University will match that award with $150 per credit hour, at a maximum lifetime cap of $5,400. The Webster University AmeriCorps Matching Award can be applied to eligible programs taught online or at any Webster University location.

“Webster has a distinguished history of outreach and partnership with the communities in which we are located and of recognizing those who serve,” said Julian Schuster, Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “AmeriCorps members are on the front line – helping their communities to grow and thrive.  We are proud to partner with AmeriCorps to provide assistance for their alumni to take their community leadership to the next level with a relevant graduate degree.”

The award will be applied for students earning Webster University graduate degrees in: 

College of Arts & Sciences: MA Counseling

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology: MA Nonprofit Leadership and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts: Arts Management and Leadership (MFA)

School of Education: MA Teaching English as a Second Language

School of Communications: MA Public Relations

Webster has a long history of offering assistance to those who serve their nation. It has offered special tuition rates to active military members for several decades. In June, Webster announced a First Responder Program, also starting this fall. In this program, qualified law enforcement professionals, fire department personnel, EMT personnel and 911 Dispatchers will receive a reduced tuition rate in Webster's undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs offered online and at any of Webster's U.S. locations. First responders will receive the same tuition rates offered to those serving in the U.S. military.

For more information about the Webster University AmeriCorps Matching Award, visit www.webster.edu/americorps.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program's founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.

About Webster University

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America, with a campus in Africa expected to open in 2014. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.