AmeriCorps – State
AmeriCorps State works with Governor-appointed State Service Commissions to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
The purpose of AmeriCorps State is to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address unmet community needs. Local programs design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting crime victims, building homes, and restoring parks. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.
The organizations that receive grants are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and supervising AmeriCorps members to serve in their programs.
Where can you serve in AmeriCorps State?
AmeriCorps members serve in AmeriCorps State projects in every state, U.S. territories, and on tribal reservations. In Montana there are currently 8 AmeriCorps State programs with more than 1, 100 members serving in full time and part time capacities.
Eligibility for AmeriCorps State:
AmeriCorps State programs are open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members may serve full- or part-time over a period not to exceed 12 months.
What are the benefits?
AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, student-loan forbearance, health coverage, and child care for those who qualify. After successfully completing their term of service, they receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,550. This award can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training at eligible institutions.
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
More about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Is the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award taxable?
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, unlike most other forms of scholarships and fellowships, is subject to federal tax in the year the payment is made. When and how much of the education award you redeem may have an impact on your overall income tax responsibility. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award_taxes.asp
Can you use a pell grant and the education award at the same time?
Determining the amount of financial aid for which a student is eligible can be a complicated process. The rules governing financial aid may contain terms that are hard to understand. Financial Aid Officers are trained to keep up with the ever-changing rules and legislation affecting federal student aid. Your school’s Financial Aid Office can assist you in planning your financial aid over your college years. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award_use.asp
To learn more about the benefits of AmeriCorps service, please visit http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/index.asp.