Center for Academic & Global Engagement Service-Learning

AmeriCorps Grant Information

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The University of South Dakota has an incredible history of students and faculty partnering with communities to address important needs. For example, the Alternative Week of Off Campus Learning (AWOL) group regularly immerses students in service-learning experiences at home and abroad to connect community work with academic learning. In this image (top left), a USD student is shown working with a patient in the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, as part of the winter break AWOL program.

These types of activities were expanded, as USD was awarded close to a million dollars in scholarship support for students involved in service. USD, the only public institution in the state to receive the award, received more than $950,000 over three years from Colorado Campus Compact and the federal Corporation for National & Community Service (Corporation). The Center for Academic & Global Engagement at USD led the effort. The AmeriCorps grant is in its final year, and USD students are working to complete their service projects.

USD students who received these awards became AmeriCorps members and focused on meeting critical community needs. Funding assisted students in their efforts to provide education support services in K-12 schools, deliver health care services in medically underserved communities to uninsured/underinsured individuals and assist local nonprofit organizations. During the life of the grant, close to 520 students received this scholarship opportunity joining a regional network of students serving through colleges and universities in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

USD will continue to seek opportunities to expand its service-learning efforts, providing financial awards to students when available.

View the USD Press Release.

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