Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dollars for Service

From the Modesto Bee: Students can pay for college with public service. Stanislaus State, UC Merced take part.

Some students will be able to help pay for college through public service, thanks to a pilot program the state launched Monday. Three universities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley are among the eight involved statewide. About 250 students will take part in the rollout of the Civic Action Fellowship during the 2020-21 academic year. It builds on community service that many students already do as part of their coursework...

The University of California, Merced, plans to have 24 students provide literacy coaching to kindergarten through third-grade children at six Merced County schools... The program was announced at a Monday morning news conference at the State Capitol by California Volunteers, part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office... The other schools in the pilot program are UC Berkeley, Dominican University in Marin County, California Lutheran University near Los Angeles, and the CSU campuses in San Jose and LA.

The Civic Action Fellowship will launch with $3.2 million in state and federal funds, plus $667,000 in scholarships awarded upon the completion of the program. It will supplement the federal AmeriCorps service program, allowing students to earn up to $10,000 toward college costs...

...UC Merced will run the new state program through its Community Engagement Center, which already matches students with service opportunities. “This exciting new program will improve literacy among Valley children, while also giving UC Merced students invaluable experience and lessening their student loan debt,” Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom said.

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