Indiana college students eligible to receive funds to pay for college while meeting critical community needs

August 10, 2010

Indiana Campus Compact Announces the 2010-2011 Service Engagement Corps Program

INDIANAPOLIS, AUGUST 10, 2010– Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) received $25,404 from the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund its new AmeriCorps Education Award program, the Service Engagement Corps (SE Corps).  The program will mobilize 150 college students, from 13 ICC member campuses, to become AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive service to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

ICC member campus host sites for the 2010-2011 SE Corps program are: Anderson University, Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, IPFW, IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College- Central Indiana, Marian University, Purdue University North Central, Taylor University, University of Indianapolis, and the University of Southern Indiana.

Students who complete 300 hours of service are eligible to receive a $1,132 AmeriCorps Education Award at the end of their service. Those awards can be used to repay qualified student loans or to pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education.

SE Corps members will address the needs of the state of Indiana through various community service and leadership projects, while building relationships between higher education institutions and local community organizations. During their year of service, SE Corps members will promote community involvement, service, and civic engagement on and off campus with the goals of increasing the number of college students engaged in service throughout the state of Indiana, and strengthening campus-community relationships and collaboration by initiating new and enhancing existing partnerships. In addition to playing an important role in making a difference in their communities, SE Corps members will gain valuable civic and workforce skills.

Through participating in the SE Corps program, members become a part of the AmeriCorps national service network of improving lives and strengthening communities throughout the United States of America. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) is a network of 42 college campuses that supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. Providing programs, services, and resources, ICC serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. For more information, visit www.indianacampuscompact.org

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