For many City Year AmeriCorps members, a year of service sparks an interest in advocating additional support for students and communities. Around 10% of City Year alumni channel this passion into pursuing a career in social work.
"City Year really helped me realize that to get things done today and to make change, you need to be proactive. In its essence, that is a lot of what social work is all about, especially at the community level," Chad Baker, a City Year Boston alumnus, said.
Because City Year provides research-based social emotional training, AmeriCorps members are able to support students in their development as lifelong learners and leaders who strive to reach their aspirations. AmeriCorps members help students set goals focused on improving behavior, relationships and decision making skills while encouraging students to display acts of positive leadership in school and the larger community. A year (or more!) of service with City Year allows our AmeriCorps members to strengthen soft skills that will build them into strong psychologists and counselors, such as effective communication, empathy, open-mindedness and patience.
If you're considering getting a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree, you'll be excited to learn that City Year has more than 15 university partners nationwide that waive application fees for and offer tuition scholarships to City Year alumni. Here are four high-ranking programs with amazing scholarship opportunities that you should consider:
Washington University in St. Louis | Brown School
Saint Louis, MO
The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is a top-ranked Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program in the U.S. Every year, they award four City Year AmeriCorps alumni with $40,000 tuition scholarships to their Masters programs in Social Work and Public Health. The scholarship is allocated throughout the student's study at The Brown School.
Louisiana State University (LSU) | Graduate Programs
Baton Rouge, LA
In 2011, LSU became the first public university in the country to formalize a partnership with City Year. The campus has a rich culture of civic engagement and community service that resonates with our alumni nationwide. Every year, LSU awards a minimum of two City Year alumni admitted to any of their graduate program full tuition scholarships. (Yes, you read that correctly—100% tuition scholarships!)
Simmons College | School of Social Work
Simmons College was the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers. Today, the School of Social Work provides a rigorous education for men and women, including a nationally accredited M.S.W. program. Every year, Simmons awards up to five City Year alumni with tuition scholarships, applicable to part-time and full-time programs. Recipients will be awarded 25% to 50% discounts on the total program tuition.
University of Southern California (USC) | School of Social Work
Los Angeles, CA and online
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is among the top accredited social work graduate programs in the country. USC awards six $15,000 Master of Social Work scholarships to City Year alumni, which can be applied toward tuition cost for their full-time on the ground or online MSW program. If you don't earn the City Year scholarship, you will still be considered for a Service Scholarship (valued at $3,750 per semester).
If you're interested in returning for a second year of service, all four of these programs will allow you to defer your enrollment for a year. For a full list of our University Partners and social work partner programs, visit our alumni website.