Center for Engaged Learning

AmeriCorps Education Awards

COVID-19 Updates 

As of Aug 1, 2020, enrollments will resume as Member's sites begin to open and allow volunteer service. Already enrolled members who can serve are encouraged to continue serving as usual, members who cannot serve, can suspend (pause) their term until their site re-opens.
CNCS guidance for changing circumstances due to COVID-19: nationalservice.gov/coronavirus
***As always, your health and safety is our biggest concern. Please let us know if you have questions.***  
The CCEL office is currently closed to visitors, but we will work to answer any questions you have via email or phone.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with Education Awards in exchange for community service. Students participating in the program apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college or graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.

WSU areas of focus include:

Education

Healthy Futures

Capacity Building

 

How does it work?

Students engage in service activities and report time and progress to a supervisor. The hours accumulate over the course of 12 months. At the end of service, students exit the program and receive the scholarship.

There are two Education Award amounts, each correlating to service terms:

2019 - 2020 Education Award Amounts

300 hours in 12 months = $1,289
450 hours in 12 months = $1,612
 

2020 - 2021 Education Award Amounts

300 hours in 12 months = $1,311
450 hours in 12 months = $1,638
 

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a student at WSU
  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (or obtain one during the year of service)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien
  • Pass an FBI background and National Sex Offender Registry check

How do I sign up?

  • Find a focus field that fits your interest: Education, Healthy Futures, or Capacity Building. Contact Ella for field descriptions in the area you would like to pursue.
  • Ella Mitchell is your WSU AmeriCorps Campus Coordinator, but you will also need a Site Supervisor. Do you already have one? (If you are unsure, contact Ella)
  • The SITE where you will be volunteering will need to have a Qualified Site Contract filled out with AmeriCorps. Is there already one for your site? (If you are unsure, contact Ella, your Site Supervisor, or check here: uhean.org/uhean-qualified-sites)
  • Will you be enrolling in a 300-hour term or a 450-hour term? (300 hours = $1,289; 450 hours = $1,612)
  • Now you are ready to attend an orientation. Ella can help you find the next available orientation, or check our orientation calendar at the bottom of this page. (Take notes—there is a test!)
  • After you complete the orientation, Ella will send you a link to a quiz-- be watching your email. Ella will also give you a Position Description at your orientation. Please fill it out, sign it and then give it to you SITE SUPERVISOR to sign. After your Site Supervisor signs it, return it to Ella WITH your ID. (Electronic signatures have been approved during COVID. Let Ella know if you need help doing an e-signature. A quick Google Hangout can be scheduled to show Ella your ID.)
  • Now back to the quiz. Take the quiz as SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Once you receive an 80% or above on the quiz the Utah AmeriCorps office (UHEAN) will send you a link to gather your “Enrollment Information.” Please watch your email and follow the link and fill it out as quickly as possible. (Feel free to take the quiz multiple times if necessary. Answers can all be found on UHEAN.org)
  • After you pass the quiz and fill out the enrollment information link, the Utah AmeriCorps office will need a few days/weeks to get started on creating two profiles for you. While you wait you can do a couple of things:
    • First, collect your Position Description from your Site Supervisor and take it to Ella (SU 324).
    • Save yourself another trip later and bring your ID with you. (Ella will need to see that as well. Work with her on how to do this virtually.)
    • Watch for some emails! You can add a few emails to your contacts, or remember to be checking your spam.
      • americorps@uhean.org             myamericorps@americorps.gov              Ipt_emailer@secureserver.net
  • You will be asked to create an account for the Utah AmeriCorps database called IPT, where you will find your enrollment forms to e-sign. (This is also where you will fill out and e-sign your monthly service hour records and progress reports.)  
  • You will also receive an email asking you to create an account in the National AmeriCorps database, or your “AmeriCorps Portal”. You will use this database to track and use your education award money after you complete your term and, if desired, to ask for loan forbearance at the beginning of your term.
  • You will need BOTH accounts, IPT (runipt.com) & your AmeriCorps Portal (my.americorps.gov) 
  • Now you will need to be fingerprinted, but here is where it gets a little tricky. You cannot be fingerprinted until you have electronically signed the Enrollment Eligibility Verification (or EEV) form that will be on your new IPT profile. Here is the easiest way to do fingerprints: when you get an email asking you to e-sign your EEV— log in to IPT, e-sign the form, then email Ella about scheduling a fingerprint appointment right then.

When everything is done and your fingerprints are scheduled, you will be enrolled on the next enrollment date. There are two every month on the 1st & the 15th. You can begin counting your hours after you are fully enrolled (and have fingerprints either taken OR scheduled.)

Contact Ella at americorps.weber.edu or 801-626-7737

I'm a member, now what?

As a member, you will turn in the last month’s Monthly Service Hour Record and Monthly Progress and Demographic Reporting forms on the first day of each month. There are video tutorials if you forget how to fill them out on UHEAN.org. You will also help endorse a culture of volunteerism in your community by recruiting 5 volunteers to serve 1 hour each during your term. Learn more about the Volunteer Mobilization Project here. Let Ella know a week or two before you finish your hours so we can start your exiting process and get your award processing as quickly as possible. And please always feel free to reach out to Ella if you ever have any questions or issues.

  • Complete both monthly forms in the state database runIPT.com 
  • If desired, you can request loan forbearance in your my.americorps.gov account. Don't wait! This needs to be done at the beginning of your term.

I'm ready to exit, how do I do that?

  • Let Ella know you are ready to exit and schedule appointment to go over your monthly forms and fix any errors.
  • Have your Site Supervisor complete your End of Term Evaluation (Ella will give you the link)
  • Complete the UHEAN satisfaction survey (Ella will give you the link)
  • Ella will hand you off to UHEAN who will have you fill out exit forms in IPT and your portal.
  • Watch for an email from UHEAN when your exit is successful, and from my.americorps.gov when your award is posted to your account.
  • Use your my.americorps.gov to request your award. (If you have questions, reach out to Ella or Katie Fenton in the cashier’s office-- cashiers@weber.edu.)

***All enrollments & exits during COVID-19 may be processed remotely through email and using electronic or digital signatures or scans of real signatures***

More information:

For questions or more information, please contact CCEL at 801-626-7737 or americorps@weber.edu, or visit us in room 324 of the Shepherd Union Building, after we re-open. (Tentatively planned for 8/3/2020)