What is 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.

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Click here to learn more about AmeriCorps and other national service opportunities.

What is Indiana ScholarCorps AmeriCorps?

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program engages volunteers in full-time AmeriCorps service. Members who successfully complete a minimum 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service will receive a modest living allowance and are eligible to receive a $5,730 AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used to repay qualified student loans, or pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education. We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 program year with a start date of August 1, 2015.

What is the Service Description?

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members play an important role in making a difference in the lives of others, while gaining valuable civic and workforce skills. Through participation, ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members become a part of the AmeriCorps national service network of improving lives and strengthening communities. Members gain valuable professional and educational benefits that have a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

ScholarCorps AmeriCorps members are placed at select colleges and universities across Indiana and serve as an on-campus resource to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholar students enrolled at that institution. The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success by providing on-campus programming, direct support and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful in college. Each ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member will be charged with providing Scholars with resources in alignment with four programmatic goal areas, including: 1.) Academic Performance and Persistence, 2.) Student Engagement and Enrichment, 3.) Career Exploration and Preparation, and 4.) Financial Literacy and Debt Management. ScholarCorps AmeriCorps Members also receive training and professional development and participate in National Days of Service as a member of the statewide AmeriCorps program.

What are the benefits of service?

  • Annual AmeriCorps Living Allowance of $17,500 (distributed in 26 equal disbursements)
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730 upon successful completion of full term of service 
  • Student Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual Reimbursement on qualifying loans
  • Mileage reimbursement to offset travel expenses for mandatory trainings and events 
  • Training and Professional Development 
  • AmeriCorps Member Health Benefits 
  • Childcare assistance for qualifying members
  • Excellent experience in higher education and student success

Click here to view the full 2015-2016 ScholarCorps AmeriCorps position description.

What are the qualifications to serve in our program and how do I apply?

  • Must be a United States citizen, national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Associate degree or Bachelor degree preferred
  • Ability to make a full-year commitment from August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
  • Proven leadership, organizational skills, public speaking and project management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic office computer skills, including word processing. Experience with spreadsheets/databases and desktop publishing preferred.
  • Ability to work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Preference will be given to a former 21st Century Scholar
  • Ability to drive and access to a vehicle

Interested candidates should apply using the AmeriCorps Online Recruitment System or by contact the Program Director, Chris Enstrom, at CEnstrom@che.in.gov or 317-617-3016.

For more information

For more information contact Chris Enstrom, AmeriCorps Program Director: 317-617-0316.

ScholarCorps is generously supported through funding from Serve Indiana and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Serve Indiana—a division of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development—oversees all AmeriCorps programs in the state of Indiana.  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service, and overseeing all AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs including AmeriCorps State/National, VISTA, NCCC and the RSVP program.

Click here to view ScholarCorps AmeriCorps grievance procedures

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 ability. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request.