Alumni Opportunities

LVC alumni and prospective LVCers, be sure to look into these scholarships, fellowships, and other opportunities as you seek to live out peace with justice in your post-LVC life.

Alumni Fellowships

Trinity Fellowships at Marquette University

Ten Fellows are chosen each year. Fellowships include a full tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend for books, health insurance, and other living expenses.  Current stipend is $1565 per month.

M.A. concentration areas (eff for 2015-17 school years): Business Administration, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Communication, Economics, Educational Policy & Leadership, English, History, Human Resources, Applied Philosophy, Political Science, Poli Sci-International Affairs, Public Service (Nonprofit Sector or Healthcare Administration), Theology

Alumni Scholarships

Business School

University of St. Thomas Full-Time MBA-Dean’s Service Scholarship

LVC alumni will receive a guaranteed  $8,000 renewable three-year scholarship. Service scholars are also eligible for additional Dean’s scholarship awards ranging from $3,000 to full tuition. No additional scholarship application is required for the Service Scholarship award but an applicant must include with their application a statement of service indicating their service period. Students may be asked for documentation verifying the completion of the service commitment. The application fee is also waived.

College of William and Mary Mason School of Business Event

LVC alumni are eligible for a waived application fee and scholarships for the Masters of Accounting degree program at the Mason School of Business.

Law School

Gonzaga University School of Law Scholarship

Each year, the scholarship committee selects a small number of entering first-year students to be Thomas More Scholars. These Scholars are awarded full tuition so that they may pursue careers in public service unencumbered by substantial law school debt. The scholarships are awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for successive years based on satisfactory academic performance and full participation in all the activities of the Program.

University of St. Thomas School of Law-Dean’s Service Scholarship

LVC alumni will receive a guaranteed  $8,000 renewable three-year scholarship. Service scholars are also eligible for additional Dean’s scholarship awards ranging from $3,000 to full tuition. No additional scholarship application is required for the Service Scholarship award but an applicant must include with their application a statement of service indicating their service period. Students may be asked for documentation verifying the completion of the service commitment. The application fee is also waived.

Ministry

Earlham School of Religion – Scholarship for “Service Programs that Change the World” (of which LVC is part)

ESR offers a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to accepted, degree-seeking, residential student applicants within three years of completing a service or leadership program including one of the following:

  • a “Service Programs that Change the World” program
  • a Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program
  • a Quaker College Leadership program
  • a year-long internship with Friends Committee on National Legislation, QuEST Seattle, or other approved service organization

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago-LVC Scholarship (ELCA Seminary)

LVC alumni who have successfully completed the program within the last three years are eligible for scholarships in the range of $3,000-5,000 per year.

Luther Seminary – Service Scholarship (ELCA seminary)

LVC alumni who have successfully completed the program within the last five years are eligible for a renewable yearly $3,000 Service Scholarship. This scholarship is granted on top of any other seminary awarded aid (i.e. scholarships or grants).

LVC alumni are also invited to apply for the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship.

Pacific Lutheran School of Theology – Year-of-Service Scholarship (ELCA seminary)

LVC alumni who have successfully completed the program within the last five years are eligible for a renewable yearle $3,000 Year-of-Service Scholarship.

Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College – School of Public Policy and Management

Each academic year, a maximum of five eligible students admitted and enrolled in Heinz College’s full-time master’s programs’ incoming class for that academic year may be awarded the Heinz College-Lutheran Volunteer Corps Scholarship. LVC Alumni are eligible for tuition reduction of at least $6,000 per semester enrolled. To be considered for a tuition reduction scholarship award, an eligible applicant should indicate his or her involvement with LVC on her or his application for admission.

General/Other

Augsburg College-LVC Alumni Tuition Discount

Students who have completed a term of service with AmeriCorps or Lutheran Volunteer Corps receive a discount of $80 per credit for their entire program. The discount applies to Augburg’s graduate programs, which include Business, Leadership, Social Work, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts and Music Therapy.

SIT Graduate Institute – LVC Scholarship

Internationally focused on-campus and online master’s degree and certificate programs based on a commitment to social justice and intercultural communication

Partnership: SIT Graduate Institute will commit to providing two $10,000 scholarships to LVC participants enrolling in an SIT master’s degree program. Scholarships will be open to current and past LVC volunteers who are accepted to SIT Graduate Institute, given they meet eligibility requirements. SIT will also consider LVC service to fulfill their practicum requirement in conjunction with an SIT master’s degree program.

Valparaiso University Scholarship

LVC alumni are eligible for scholarships in the range of $1,500-3,450 in the form of 3-6 program credits depending on the graduate program. No GRE score requires and application fee waived. Students will also have the opportunity to be selected as a graduate intern or receive other assistantship support in order to earn supplemental income to pay for education expenses.

General Graduate School Resources

Below are general resources for graduate-level programs and scholarships. Please note, LVC does not have any official relationship with the schools or organizations listed below (unless specified above), so you will have to contact the organization directly with any questions.

  • ELCA Seminaries – information about and links to the 8 seminaries of the ELCA. There is significant diversity in programs and geographic locations; seminary isn’t just for pastors! Also, many seminaries hold preview weekends for prospective students and/or are able to provide resources for interested applicants to travel to visit their school. Please contact the admissions office at the respective seminary for more information.
  • College Affordability Guide – Their mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.

Service & Reflection Programs

Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

The Krista Foundation provides mentoring support and Service and Leadership Development Grants for young adults in their twenties who are engaged in a sustained period of voluntary or vocational service as an expression of their Christian faith and values. Through their ecumenical and intergenerational community the Krista Foundation seeks to encourage a new generation of leaders to develop a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement and global understanding. If you have a mentor in your life interested in recommending you to be a Krista Colleague, read more about the nomination and application process.

We encourage you to explore and discover the many general resources for reflection on service and global citizenship available on the Krista Foundation’s website.

L’Arche

Ellen Eischen, L’Arche USA Recruitment Coordinator, writes:

“L’Arche, meaning “the ark” in French, is an international federation of faith communities where people, with and without intellectual disabilities, share life together. There are 18 such L’Arche communities in the United States. A typical L’Arche community includes 3-4 homes where core members (people with intellectual disabilities) and assistants live and work together, a day or work program, and networks of relationships that support community life. In L’Arche, core members and assistants relate to one another primarily as companions and friends, rather than as clients and staff, or patients and caregivers. L’Arche seeks to live The Beatitudes through acknowledging God’s love for each person, valuing diversity, and building respectful societies founded on relationships between people of differing intellectual capacity, social origin, religion and culture…”

I invite you to visit our website… and prayerfully consider this way of life. You can learn more at the L’Arche , and through the writings of our founder, Jean Vanier, and books by Father Henri Nouwen, who spent the last eleven years of his life in L’Arche. If you have any questions, please contact me at ellen@larcheusa.org.”

University of Notre Dame – Volunteer in Transition Program

The goal of this week-long certificate program is to offer tools and resources to help volunteers transition from volunteering to employment. The certificate program is open to anyone who has completed a year or more of full-time volunteer service. The application is usually available in early Summer; current LVCers may apply while they are finishing their LVC year.

 

If you know of any other year-of-service scholarships we can promote on this page, please email them to recruitment@lutheranvolunteercorps.org.