SUNY Morrisville has been recognized as an AmeriCorps School of National Service, making it easier for alumni of the national service program to pursue the applied, hands-on education offered at the college.
As a School of National Service, prospective students who have served in AmeriCorps are eligible for a $1,500 annual scholarship at SUNY Morrisville, along with potential for additional merit and need- based scholarships, in-state tuition for out-of-state alumni and priority admissions consideration.
SUNY Morrisville is among 15 SUNY campuses identified as an AmeriCorps School of National Service, announced by SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr., on Thursday, Oct. 26.
“Improving lives and strengthening communities through service aligns with Morrisville’s mission of hands-on, applied learning and we are delighted to have AmeriCorps alumni as current students,” SUNY Morrisville President David Rogers said.
“Providing an annual $1,500 scholarship along with in-state tuition and additional merit and need-based scholarships demonstrates our commitment to students who bring this experience and commitment to our community. We wholeheartedly welcome AmeriCorps alumni at Morrisville; you belong here.”
The recognition aligns with the college’s mission and long-term commitment to service and civic engagement, preparing students for roles as leaders who want to make a difference in their community.
The campus recently started a new tradition on Earth Day, joining acts of kindness with sustainability to celebrate the day. Activities portray how SUNY Morrisville students are already on track to become leaders in community efforts toward sustainability through academic programs and campus practices.
“AmeriCorps provides a clear pathway to higher education for a diverse group of alumni who have dedicated their time to communities across the country — helping with natural disaster recovery, assisting with K-12 education and mentoring, fighting poverty and substance abuse, and much more,” Chancellor King said in a news release.
“Alumni come to SUNY with a deeper appreciation of other cultures and a broader perspective that benefits our campuses in fostering greater diversity of thought and inclusion,” King said of Schools of National Service.
As part of a national network, more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and volunteers improve communities each year. Focus areas include disaster response, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. AmeriCorps now has more than 1.2 million alumni.