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What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is one of three programs run by a federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps is a National Service organization similar to the Peace Corps but based in the United States. AmeriCorps members serve a term of service either individually or on a team through thousands of programs nationwide to help meet unmet community needs.

What is Indiana ScholarCorps?

Indiana ScholarCorps is the AmeriCorps State program for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  The program is overseen by the Program Director who works to recruit and maintain members at the Indiana postsecondary education service sites. Members are then directly managed by their Site Supervisor. Members serve full time (1700 hours/year) from September 24th to August 15th of the following year.

Service Description and Benefits of Service

The primary function will be to act as a peer mentor to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholars located on campus. In this capacity, the AmeriCorps member will be charged with connecting Scholars to support services in alignment with four programmatic goal areas:

1) Academic Performance and Persistence
2) Student Engagement and Enrichment
3) Career Exploration and Preparation
4) Financial Literacy and Debt Management

The AmeriCorps Member will receive training and participate in National Days of Service as a member of the statewide AmeriCorps program. 

At completion of a term, members receive an Education Award totaling $5,550.  During service, Member benefits include: a Living Stipend of $17,500 before taxes, Health Care (if qualified), Child Care, Loan Forbearance (if qualified), personal and professional development!

Qualifications to Serve

AmeriCorps State and National programs are open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members must also have a high school diploma or equivalent by the end of their service. Applicants can apply online at http://www.americorps.gov/.

Visit the ScholarCorp website  for a current list of members and additional outreach information, or contact Emily Sellers, 21st Century Scholars Outreach Coordinator, at ESellers@che.in.gov or call (317) 464-4400 ext. 140.

Scholar Corps, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and AmeriCorps do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, age or disability.  Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request.