About the Bonner AmeriCorps Education Award
Mission of AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place and supervise AmeriCorps members.
After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans.
Connection between Bonner and AmeriCorps
The Bonner Foundation is a direct recipient of AmeriCorps Education Awards, managing awards and reporting directly to AmeriCorps. The Bonner Foundation graciously allocates some of its slots to all qualifying Shepherd Internship Program participants who elect to participate.
- Must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. National or Lawful Permanent Resident at the tiem of enrollment
- At least 17 years old (with written parental consent), or 18 years old before the desired start date for the AmeirCorps term.
- Must not be registered as a sex offender nor have a murder conviction
- May not receive more than the equivalent of two full-time Education Awards, limited to serving four terms. Through the Shepherd Internship Program, students register for the Minimum Award (300 hours) accounting for 1/8 of th term limit.
The Enrollment Packet and required identification documents are to be submitted with the Shepherd Internship Program Application.
Enrollment and Tracking
By February 15th:
- View AmeriCorps 101 PPT
- Submit an Enrollment Packet including additional ID and a background check
- Mail Original to: Shepherd Program, Washington and Lee University, 204 W. Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450
- Receive password-protected access to Bonner AmeriCorps reporting site
During the internship:
- Create Community Learning Agreement (online) to be signed by the agency supervisor and Shepherd Internship Program Director*
- Log hours electronically and obtain signatures on the first of each month and the last day of the internship
- Obtain an evaluation from the supervisor upon completion of the internship
At the Closing Conference:
- Complete and submit an Exit Form (hard copy, original)
Following the Closing Confernece:
- Log hours for the conference
- Complete the Service Accomplishments
- Bonner Foundation will exit you from the program and submit your file for review and payment to AmeriCorps.gov
- Upon receiveing email notification and how-to instructions, register for the AmeriCorps Education Award