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Boston College School of Education and Human Development

City Year is proud to partner with Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development, offering 50% scholarships for the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program, a leading graduate program to prepare aspiring educators to teach in systemically under-resourced communities.

Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

50% scholarships

This award will provide a minimum 50% tuition scholarship to all admitted City Year applicants who pursue a master’s degree in the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program. There is potential to receive up to a full tuition scholarship (if funds are available).

Additionally, all applicants admitted into the Donovan Scholars Program will be considered for the Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship, which provides additional financial support by means of a stipend payment.

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

Eligible programs

City Year applicants who are accepted into the Donovan Scholars Program will pursue a master’s degree from one of the following programs:

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve for additional time with City Year before starting their studies.

Why City Year loves Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development

At the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development, the mission driving the work of its faculty and students is to enhance the human condition, expand the human imagination and make the world more just. It puts this mission into action through teaching, research and service—informing policy, improving practice and preparing students to serve diverse populations in a variety of roles.

The Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program builds on specific programs of study with interactive urban education seminars, critical inquiry research, social justice education and community building that is responsive to the academic and socio-cultural needs of youth and their families. This intensive one-year master’s in education learning experience leading to teacher licensure seeks to prepare K-12 teachers to work effectively with students and families in systemically under-resourced schools throughout the country.

To apply

Visit the Donovan Scholars Program website for information on application requirements and deadlines and to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

To identify your City Year affiliation, please submit a service verification letter by emailing with “BC Donovan Scholars: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and dates of service. This letter will be sent to the admissions office on your behalf.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To request an application fee waiver, please email the Lynch School Office of Admissions & Financial Aid at

To contact the admissions office

Please contact Carolyn Looker, associate director of graduate admissions and financial aid, at or (617) 552-4572 with any admissions questions.

For more information about the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program, contact Deborah Mauristhene, associate director of urban outreach initiatives, at (617) 552-3471 or

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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