AmeriCorps Volunteers Earn Tuition Assistance at Wilmington University

WilmU is the first school in the First State to strike an alliance with the national community service program

Photo Credit: AmeriCorps & Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon 2018  |  by National Service Photos

(New Castle, Delaware) Wilmington University has become the first school in Delaware to offer tuition assistance to AmeriCorps alumni. This educational alliance, announced by WilmU and AmeriCorps officials at a ceremony in Delaware Legislative Hall in Dover today, helps to put college degrees within reach for the national community service program’s thousands of volunteers.

“It is a privilege to honor the men and women of AmeriCorps who have completed dedicated service to our country by assisting them in their goals of earning college degrees,” says Wilmington University President Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon. “Part of our mission is to provide opportunities for those who believe that a quality education will enhance their professional and personal lives, and we are proud to be the first institution of higher education in Delaware to serve those who have so courageously served us.”

Participants who have completed service for AmeriCorps can enroll at Wilmington University and receive $1,000 toward tuition for each academic year they are enrolled until graduation, for a maximum of six years. These students must enroll in consecutive years with a minimum credit load of 18 credits in an undergraduate program or a minimum credit load of 12 credits in a graduate program. Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in an undergraduate program or 3.0 or higher in a graduate program.

AmeriCorps is a network of public service organizations committed to improving community lives and fostering civic engagement. Participants volunteer for up to one year addressing such critical community needs as boosting academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. More than 350 schools in 37 states participate with AmeriCorps.