Center for Engaged Learning

AmeriCorps Education Awards

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with Education Awards in exchange for community service. Students participating in the program apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college or graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.

WSU areas of focus include:

Education

Healthy Futures

Capacity Building

 

How does it work?

Students engage in service activities and report time and progress to a supervisor. The hours accumulate over the course of 12 months. At the end of 300 or 450 hours, students exit the program and receive the scholarship. Awards are not given for partial terms.

There are two Education Award amounts, each correlating to service terms:

2020 - 2021 Education Award Amounts

300 hours in 12 months = $1,311
450 hours in 12 months = $1,638
 

2021 - 2022 Education Award Amounts

300 hours in 12 months = $1,342
450 hours in 12 months = $1,678
 

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a student at WSU
  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (or obtain one during the year of service)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien
  • Pass an FBI background and National Sex Offender Registry check

How do I sign up?

  • Find a focus field that fits your interest: Education, Healthy Futures, or Capacity Building. Contact Ella for field descriptions in the area you would like to pursue.
  • Ella Mitchell is your WSU AmeriCorps Campus Coordinator, but you will also need a Site Supervisor. Do you already have one? (If you are unsure, contact Ella)
  • The SITE where you will be volunteering will need to have a Qualified Site Contract filled out with AmeriCorps. Is there already one for your site? (If you are unsure, contact Ella, your Site Supervisor, or check here: uhean.org/uhean-qualified-sites)
  • Will you be enrolling in a 300-hour term or a 450-hour term? (300 hours = $1,311; 450 hours = $1,638)
  • Now you are ready to attend an orientation. Ella can help you find the next available orientation, or check our orientation calendar at the bottom of this page. (Take notes—there is a test!)
  • You will receive an email asking for your “Enrollment Information”. (Be sure to fill it out BEFORE you get your fingerprints.)
  • AmeriCorps requires a background check for all members before you begin service. Please ask Ella the best way to have your background check done as soon as possible so it won’t hold up your service. (AmeriCorps will pay for it!)
  • After you complete the orientation, Ella will send you a link to a quiz-- be watching your email. (Take it as soon as possible, feel free to take it multiple times to get 80% if needed.)
  • Ella will also send a Position Description to your email in Adobe Sign. Please fill it out, sign it, and it will forward automatically to your Site Supervisor to sign, then to your Campus Coordinator (Ella).
  • Once you receive an 80% or above on the quiz the Utah AmeriCorps office (UHEAN) will get started on creating two profiles for you. While you wait you can do a couple of things:
    • Be sure you've signed your Position Description in Adobe Sign.
    • Get your Driver License number and expiration date to Ella. (Call or stop by!)
    • Watch for some emails! You can add a few emails to your contacts, or remember to be checking your spam.
      • americorps@uhean.org             myamericorps@americorps.gov              Ipt_emailer@secureserver.net
  • You will be asked to create an account for the Utah AmeriCorps database called IPT, where you will find your enrollment forms to e-sign. (Click on"Detail" then "Forms" then "View" to sign.) (This is also where you will fill out and e-sign your monthly service hour records and progress reports.)  
  • You will also receive an email asking you to create an account in the National AmeriCorps database, or your “AmeriCorps Portal”. (You will use this database to track and use your education award money after you complete your term and, if desired, to ask for loan forbearance at the beginning of your term.)
  • You will need BOTH accounts, IPT (runipt.com) & your AmeriCorps Portal (my.americorps.gov) 

When everything is done and your fingerprints are scheduled, you will be enrolled on the next enrollment date. There are two every month on the 1st & the 15th. You can begin counting your hours after you are fully enrolled.

Contact Ella at americorps.weber.edu or 801-626-7737

I'm a member, now what?

As a member, you will turn in the last month’s Monthly Service Hour Record and Monthly Progress and Demographic Reporting forms on the first day of each month. There are video tutorials if you forget how to fill them out on UHEAN.org. You will also help endorse a culture of volunteerism in your community by recruiting 5 volunteers to serve 1 hour each during your term. Learn more about the Volunteer Mobilization Project here. Let Ella know a week or two before you finish your hours so we can start your exiting process and get your award processing as quickly as possible. And please always feel free to reach out to Ella if you ever have any questions or issues.

  • Complete both monthly forms in the state database runIPT.com 
  • If desired, you can request loan forbearance in your my.americorps.gov account. Don't wait! This needs to be done at the beginning of your term.

I'm ready to exit, how do I do that?

  • Let Ella know you are ready to exit and schedule appointment to go over your monthly forms and fix any errors.
  • Have your Site Supervisor complete your End of Term Evaluation (Ella will give you the link)
  • Ella will hand you off to UHEAN who will have you fill out exit forms in IPT and your portal.
  • Watch for an email from UHEAN when your exit is successful, and from my.americorps.gov when your award is posted to your account.
  • Use your my.americorps.gov to request your award. (If you have questions, reach out to Ella or Sarah in the cashier’s office-- cashiers@weber.edu.)
  • For problems with the portal, visit the AmeriCorps hotline americorps.gov/contact

***All enrollments & exits during COVID-19 may be processed remotely through email and using electronic or digital signatures or scans of real signatures***

More information:

For questions or more information, please contact CCEL at 801-626-7737 or americorps@weber.edu, or visit us in room 324 of the Shepherd Union Building. (M - F 9 am - 4pm)