2019-08-08

From a Gap Year to College

Though college graduates make up the majority of City Year AmeriCorps members, the corps is also made up of recent high school graduates—often times taking a gap year before going on to college. For many of these members, a year of service with City Year not only serves to look good on future college applications but it also fosters a deep personal growth.

“You will mature, gain valuable skills and meet some of the most compassionate teammates, all while devoting yourself to a cause greater than self. City Year is the motivation and focus you need after high school to find out which field you're passionate about, whether you want to go to college or take an alternate path," said Claire Dempsey, a City Year New York alumna.

Choosing to do a gap year with City Year is a big decision. It’s challenging, full-time work that requires you to lead with empathy and a social justice mindset every day. While we know that our AmeriCorps members choose City Year to be in service of others, you’ll be excited to learn that are some generous benefits! City Year has more than 15 University Partnerships nationwide that offer alumni tuition scholarships and application fee waivers. Here are four programs with amazing opportunities for those pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Northeastern University | Boston, MA and Online

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern is a top regional and national university. With additional campuses in Charlotte, San Francisco, and Seattle, the College of Professional Studies (CPS) offers many flexible residential and online undergraduate degrees programs that integrate classroom learning with real-world experience and prepares its graduates for rapidly expanding fields. Northeastern University CPS offers a scholarship award to all admitted and qualifying City Year alumni equal to 25% of the per credit tuition charge through degree completion for up to seven years from initial enrollment

Kent State University | Kent, Ohio

Kent State University is located in Kent—a thriving college town in Eastern Ohio. The university is one of the nation’s top research universities and is at the center of the region’s economic, cultural and workforce development. The College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS) at Kent State University partners with City Year to offer a 25% tuition scholarship for up to two City Year alumni. This scholarship opportunity is open to both in-state and out-of-state students.
 

Spend your gap year serving with City Year gaining personal and professional skills

Eastern University | St. David’s, PA

Dedicated to societal involvement, student development and service, Eastern University prepares its students to lead productive careers in a number of fields and is ranked in the top tier of North Regional Universities in the America's Best Colleges in U.S. News and World Report. Located less than an hour away from “The City of Brotherly Love,” it’s also a great opportunity for anyone finishing up service with City Year Philadelphia.

Eastern University offers a $14,000 tuition scholarship per year, totaling $56,000 and application fee waivers to any City Year alumni admitted to its undergraduate programs.

St. Mary’s University | San Antonio, TX

St. Mary’s University is a leading Catholic institution of higher education that believes in education through civic engagement and service to the community. With wide range of academic programs, St. Mary’s strives to provide its diverse student body with enriching academic experiences. This San Antonio based university has no application fee for students who apply online and offers  up to four 75% tuition scholarships to City Year alumni, renewable for up to 8 semesters for either transfer or first-time freshman students

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