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"give a year" Scholarship Program

The Bentley-City Year “give a year” Scholarship Program provides selected Bentley students with scholarships for spending a year serving as a City Year Corps Member. As tutors, mentors, and role models, you and other idealistic leaders will make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 24 U.S. locations.

Through service with City Year, Corps Members build on their own strengths and assets, and learn new skills as they achieve their service and professional goals. Clear guidance, constructive training and coaching, and feedback are provided often so that all Corps Members have the greatest opportunity to succeed. Each Corps Member is assigned to a team and learns about the team's specific service focus during Basic Training Academy. Training will be provided to prepare the team to deliver that service effectively. In some cases, Corps Members are trained by the school system in which they work.

As a “give a year” scholar, you will have the experience of gaining new insights into your own life and the lives of others. You will develop and refine your interpersonal skills. You will apply your own experiences and knowledge base to the task of change in America. And you will bring these experiences back to Bentley enriching not only your own education, but also preparing you for a role as a civic leader.

How does “give a year” work?
Bentley undergraduate students who apply for and are awarded a “give a year” scholarship will receive a $20,000 credit toward their senior year Bentley tuition. Bentley graduate students who apply and are awarded the scholarship will receive the $20,000 tuition credit for their graduate study. Note that graduate students must be enrolled on a full-time basis in the McCallum Graduate School. In either case, your “give a year” service must be performed before the scholarship is awarded. All “give a year” scholars must apply for and be accepted as a Corps Member by City Year as well.

In addition to receiving the $20,000 tuition credit from Bentley, “give a year” scholars will receive a $5,550 education award from AmeriCorps. Additionally, as City Year Corps Members, you will receive a weekly stipend to defray living expenses during your service year, health insurance, deferment of any college loan payments during your service year, an orientation and training program at the start of service, weekly leadership development sessions throughout your service year, and a uniform.

Current "give a year" Scholars

Max Sossa, City Year Boston, MA
Andres Kaypaghian, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, CA

2011-2012 "give a year" Scholars

Brenna Foley, City Year Miami, FL
Katie Auger, City Year San Antonio, TX
Keisha Johnson, City Year Miami, FL
Ma-Kirah Wilkerson, City Year Miami, FL
Michael Chanler, City Year San Jose, CA
Molly Godfrey, City Year Los Angeles, CA
Travis Vigneault, City Year Manchester, NH

2010-2011 "give a year" Scholars

Kaylyn Frazier, City Year San Jose
Kiernan Patenaude, City Year Seattle
Brian LeBlanc, City Year Philadelphia
Max Rogers, City Year Boston
Marc Schleif, City Year Los Angeles

2009-2010 "give a year" Scholars

Tara Meehan, City Year Miami
Jenna Nakamura, City Year Louisiana

Where to get more information:
At this point you probably still have more questions than answers. So let’s get you started.

In addition to reading the FAQs that follow, you should visit the City Year web site to learn more about the life and work of a City Year Corps Member and apply online. In addition, you will also need to complete the Bentley “give a year” scholarship application form.

If you’d like to know more about this program please contact Leanne Cote in the Bentley Service-Learning Center, Morison 101 at ext. 2723, or Johnathan White, ext. 2592.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is City Year?
Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. In 24 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

How is City Year related to AmeriCorps?
City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps and is one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country. AmeriCorps is a federally funded network of national service programs that engages Americans in service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.

What do City Year corps members do?
Please see The Corps Experience.

What are the benefits of serving with City Year?
Please see What You’ll Get.

Who are City Year's service partners?
City Year partners with a wide variety of organizations, including schools, nonprofits, community-based organizations and other organizations in the service field, such as homeless shelters and food pantries. For a complete list of service partners at each location, please visit City Year location's Web page.

What are the eligibility requirements to serve with City Year?
To participate you must:

  • Have a college degree or have attended some college, have a high school diploma or GED,
  • Be able to dedicate 10 months to full-time service
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Agree to a background or security check
  • Have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC, or VISTA program
  • Be able to begin City Year by July 2014, start dates vary by location

Note: Previous experiences with service, tutoring, mentoring, or leadership help strengthen candidacy.

What is required to complete the program and receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award?
To receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, a corps member must complete 1,700 hours of service, allCity Year-required competencies and serve through the program's graduation date.

Where is City Year located?
City Year operates in locations across the United States:

City Year Boston

City Year Chicago

City Year Cleveland

City Year Columbia

City Year Columbus

City Year Denver

City Year Detroit

City Year Jacksonville

City Year Little Rock / North Little Rock

City Year Los Angeles

City Year Louisiana

City Year Miami

City Year Milwaukee

City Year New Hampshire

City Year New York

City Year Orlando

City Year Greater Philadelphia

City Year Rhode Island

City Year San Antonio

City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley

City Year Sacramento

City Year Seattle / King County

City Year Tulsa

City Year Washington DC

When do City Year corps members start service?
The term of service for corps members begins in July or early August of each year. Exact dates vary by location and generally follow the local school year calendar.

Application and Selection Process

When is the application deadline?
Submit your completed application online by one of the deadlines below:

Apply by: November 15
Notified after: December 16

Apply by: February 15
Notified after: March 16

When is the best time to apply to City Year?
City Year has a very competitive selection process. The earlier you apply, the greater your chances for acceptance.

What criteria are used in the selection process?
City Year corps members are as diverse a group as the communities they serve. We're looking for individuals who have a desire to give back, work alongside a diverse group of people and are ready to change the world. City Year seeks applicants with the attributes that will lead to a successful service year. For more specific information, please visit Who We Are Looking For.

How competitive is the admissions process?
Each year, approximately one out of every six applicants is accepted to City Year.

How long will the selection process take?
The length of the selection process will vary according to the volume of the applications City Year has received at the time of your submission. Based on the submission of a completed application with both references, applicants will receive notification decisions approximately one month after the application deadline. Please see the application deadline table above for notification dates, and allow for additional mail delivery time.

Can I apply to more than one location at a time?
City Year is one national organization with 24 domestic locations. Therefore, we accept only one application per individual per year, regardless of what site you are applying to. If you are willing to serve anywhere, you should apply to "Serve Where Most Needed" and our National Admissions Center will review your application, conduct the initial screening if you are qualified, and place you at a site according to what we believe will be the best fit for your skills and experiences and our sites' needs at the time you submit. If you are deciding between a couple of sites, we encourage you to learn more by reading about our various locations, or contact recruitment staff until you find one site that meets your needs.

What does "Serve Where Most Needed" mean and how is the process different?

The "Serve Where Most Needed" option was created for individuals who have no location preference or feel that they would simply like to serve where applications are most needed.

When selecting the “Serve Where Most Needed” option on your City Year application, your application will be submitted to our National Admissions Center for review. Qualified applicants will be invited for a screening interview, which takes place over the phone. If you are selected to move on, your application is matched with a site that has the most need for applicants that meet their criteria. Applicants who are placed will have their final interview with that site.

Are my chances better is I choose "Serve Where Most Needed" or an individual site?

"Serve Where Most Needed" is for applicants willing to serve in any location. We will look at a variety of our sites to match your application to. However, qualified candidates are only placed at one location, just like applicants who apply directly to a site. We do our best to match applicants at sites where their skill set and background will be most effective.

How do I apply to City Year London or South Africa?

City Year London and South Africa are international affiliates and are not City Year sites- they have their own application processes that do not overlap with the US application process. City Year Johannesburg requires that applicants be citizens of South Africa, just like the US locations. City Year London requires that you have legal right to live and work in the European Union before applying.

If I am not offered a corps member position, can I reapply for the next deadline? Can I apply to another City Year location?
Unfortunately, you cannot reapply during the same year, even to another location. You are welcome, however, to reapply the following year.

If I am accepted, how can I find additional information about my location and other incoming corps members?
Before you start your service, you will have access to an online community for incoming corps members. You can search for roommates, learn about affordable housing or simply get to know and connect with other corps members. You will have access to valuable information about City Year, our history and your service. We also encourage you to join your location's Facebook group and connect with fellow corps members through social media.


Will I receive training prior to service?
Yes. The first month of your service year includes City Year Basic Training Academy, during which corps members receive instruction on specific skills including literacy and math learning and tutoring, working with children, team-building and community resource mapping. Corps members also learn about the unique culture of City Year, the various neighborhoods of the community and the types of service you will be performing. There will also be regular trainings throughout the year to enhance your service and improve your leadership skills.

What types of service will I be performing?
The majority of your service responsibilities will involve working with children as a tutor, mentor and role model. Descriptions of specific projects: How You’ll Do It.

When will I be placed on a team?
During the first month of the service year, the City Year staff will form teams based on the diverse experiences and skill sets of the corps, ensuring that team members can learn from and help each other. Typically, each team has between eight and 15 corps members.

What is a typical day for a City Year corps member?
A typical day varies from one corps member to another; however, here is an example of how your time might be invested:

8:00 AM

Join team to greet students for a positive and energetic start to the school day

8:30 AM

Perform student attendance check

9:00 AM

One-on-one math tutoring

10:00 AM

Small group literacy lesson

11:00 AM

Team-building puzzle activities

12:00 PM

Lunch with mentor group

1:00 PM

Reading comprehension and writing review

2:00 PM

Meet with principal to plan playground renovation

3:00 PM

Lead after-school homework help and test prep

5:30 PM

Give parents flyer for upcoming family book fair

6:00 PM

Break for the day


Does City Year provide housing?
No. City Year does not provide housing for its corps members. We do, however, provide assistance to corps members searching for housing, such as contact information for quality rental agencies, recommendations of neighborhoods in which to live and access to an online community where you can contact other incoming corps members also in need of housing.

Will I get paid?
Yes, as a corps member you receive a bi-weekly living stipend. To help you learn to manage with limited income, we provide training on personal finances. You can contact your prospective location for more information.

How can I best prepare for my year with City Year?
In the months prior to the start of service, we recommend you finalize all living arrangements – visit the City Year online housing community and secure your housing, set up all utilities and confirm any moving or travel needs. Begin to budget your expenses to ensure you are ready to make wise spending decisions while living on a stipend. If you would like, you can also start exploring the city you will be calling home for a year, either in person or online!

Can I work or take classes while serving with City Year?
Yes, as long as it does not interfere with your service commitment. Some corps members work or take classes during evenings and weekends, but it is wise to wait and sign up for classes or jobs until after you start your service year. This will allow you to get a better idea of how much time you can allot to outside work or studies.

Why do City Year corps members wear uniforms? How often will I wear the uniform?
City Year corps members wear a uniform every day as a symbol of unity and of the service we provide to the community. Even though corps members might only be in the classroom for one year, the uniform provides continuity to the school and students over many years.

Will I earn vacation, holidays, and sick days?

Yes, you can request up to 10 personal days to use as needed. You will also receive time off for most national holidays.

Does City Year provide transportation?
Many of our locations have established partnerships with local public transportation authorities, which allow corps members to receive free or discounted transportation passes throughout their year of service. Please contact your prospective location for details

What type of health insurance will I have?
All corps members receive basic healthcare coverage during their active service. There is no charge for the coverage.

Can my student loans be deferred while I am serving with City Year?
Yes, in most cases. For specific information, please see the Benefits page.

Can my parents or friends visit me in service?
Yes. City Year always welcomes visitors. In addition to specific events and programs geared towards family and friends (Opening Day; Parents, Friends, and Family Night; and Graduation), you may invite guests to visit or even join you in service!

Corps Member Development

What skills will I develop while in City Year?
As a City Year corps member, you will be provided with the skills and experiences you need to change the world. City Year offers leadership development training throughout the year. Please see Leadership Development for examples of specific skills.

Will service with City Year improve my chance of acceptance to college?
There is no guarantee, of course, but national service provides valuable experience that can help set you apart as an applicant. Many colleges, including Ivy League schools, are on record as supporting a gap year before or during college.

What colleges and universities augment or match the AmeriCorps Education Award?
For a list of colleges and universities that augment or match the educational award, visit the AmeriCorps website. Please also see our What You'll Get page for a list of all our Education benefits, including our give a year Partnerships: colleges and universities that provide at least 25% scholarships to City Year corps, alumni and staff.

How will City Year prepare me for a future career?
In addition to skills in resume writing, interviewing, project management and public speaking, City Year provides its corps members with experience in teamwork, working with a diverse group of people, and leadership which are applicable and beneficial in almost any career. Please visit our What You'll Get page for a list of all our Career benefits, including our partnership with the Peace Corps and City Year-related positions, such as staff or senior corps positions.

Security and Legal Information

City Year's Security and Privacy Policy

We acknowledge that a lot of information is asked of you in completing the online application The City Year Gateway and Online Application are secure environments. We ensure that any information you submit to us is safe from unauthorized access by encryption, which scrambles all data sent from and to your browser through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. This prevents anyone from impersonating you or City Year’s server, and prohibits unauthorized individuals from reading your personal information. City Year does not sell or provide any information we collect to anyone.

Online Application

City Year staff will not be able to view any of the information you enter as you are completing the online application; it will only become available to us upon submission of the application. In addition, your password will be encrypted — you, and only you, will know what it is throughout the entire application process.

Falsification and Misrepresentation

Applicants are expected to provide honest and truthful information on the application and any supporting documentation, including recommendations and proof of citizenship. Falsification or misrepresentation of data will result in immediate disqualification from the admissions process.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

City Year is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, veteran status, or religion.

Privacy Act Notice

The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C.§552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you: The authority for collecting information from you in this application is contained in 42 U.S.C. 4953 of Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 as amended. You are advised that submission of the information is entirely voluntary, but requested information is required in order for you to participate in AmeriCorps programs.

Legal Information and Criminal Records

City Year asks all applicants to disclose any previous criminal records and/or proceedings. Existence of criminal convictions/adjudication may or may not, depending upon the circumstances, disqualify you from considerations; however, any intentional misrepresentation or omission will disqualify you.