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Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Keeping Higher Education Connected to Service

AmeriCorps members’ contribution to American education doesn’t end when our students leave for college. By expanding the role of higher education in communities across the United States through service and volunteering, our programs have a huge footprint in higher education, serving at more than 157 institutions across the United States.

Colleges and universities across the country actively recruit talented AmeriCorps alumni for their reputation of perseverance, drive, and proven active citizenship. Many of these institutions offer a variety of incentives such as service scholarships or matching tuition funding to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program Fact Sheet

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Can I mail in a request for an extension or do I have to use the online system, My AmeriCorps?

You are strongly encouraged to use the online system to request an extension. Those requests are processed more quickly. You can attach supporting documents to your online request.

However, you may also mail, fax, or email a request to the Trust, along with supporting documents. It must be received by the Trust or postmarked prior to your award’s expiration date. There are no exceptions.

If the recipient of a transferred award successfully completes service in an AmeriCorps program during the transferred award’s use period, can the recipient apply for an extension of time to use it?

Yes. Since the individual is the recipient of a transferred award, s/he has ten years from the date the relative completed the service and earned the award. And because the individual successfully completed a term of service in an AmeriCorps program during those ten years, s/he is eligible to receive an extension for a length of time equivalent to his/her AmeriCorps service.

What are some examples of reasons that would not meet the criteria and conditions?

  • The person was incarcerated as a result of a conviction of a criminal offense.
  • The individual was employed, even if the position was with a non-profit community service organization.
  • The individual had a busy 7-year period with many activities, didn’t get around to using the award and is now ready to use it.
  • The individual forgot to use the award or lost it.
  • The individual claims that s/he did not receive the award expiration notice from the Corporation
  • The individual served another term or was seriously ill during a time that did not fall within

Aside from the reason for the extension, what other criteria must exist in order for the request to be considered?

  • The award must have an unspent balance.
  • The reason for the extension occurred during the use period of the subject education award.
  • The award holder must apply for an extension in writing; the application must be received by the National Service Trust or postmarked prior to the award’s original expiration date.
  • There was no previous extension of the award for any reason. Only one extension is allowed per award.
  • The individual must provide documentation to support the reason, unless it is for having served in another Corporation term of service.

What is the contact for questions about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award?

Please contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677. The Hotline is staffed by customer service representatives from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Thursday. During high volume months---January, May, June, July, August, and September--the Hotline will be staffed on Fridays. Changes of address may be reported in the My AmeriCorps portal, or by visiting National Service Hotline.


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