MIIS Merit Scholarships are available to qualified AmeriCorps alumni interested in a master's degree for an international career.
The Institute and AmeriCorps are partnering to provide scholarships to qualified alumni. Students who demonstrate their commitment to service through AmeriCorps programs are recognized and valued through this new partnership with the Institute. Learn more about the degree programs offered by the Institute, and read this news article about how both organizations are training leaders to Be the Solution.
AmeriCorps alumni qualify for the scholarship if they meet certain eligibility criteria as determined by the admissions and scholarship committees. Applicants are eligible for all the Institute degree programs if they meet the requirements for admission.
MIIS Merit Scholarships are available to AmeriCorps alumni as a result of a partnership between the Institute and AmeriCorps. To apply and receive preferential consideration, submit your completed application for admission to a degree program plus all support documents including transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation resume and statement of purpose,by the priority scholarship deadline. For Fall semester there are three rounds of scholarship selection: December 1, February 1, and March 1. For Spring semester the priority deadline is October 1. Late applications will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.
Please also submit a separate written statement (100-200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the following: Organization where you worked (including location - city, state), dates of service, and a short description of what you did in that position.
Apply online by one of our scholarship deadlines.
AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
For 2014-2015, the Institute will match the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award up to the maximum award of $5,645.
To apply for your AmeriCorps education award you must request the award using your AmeriCorps account. Students enrolling in a certificate program can apply their education award to their tuition. However, please note that the match is not available for non-degree or short-term programs.
Meet the Institute AmeriCorps Alumni
Jeff Swartz, the Institute MA International Environmental Policy '08
AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps VISTA 2006-2007 (New Orleans, LA)
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate School: University of the Pacific, BA in Chinese/BA in International Relations
Language of Study: Chinese
Current work: Director of International Policy for the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in Geneva, Switzerland.
"When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, I knew I needed to go there and to do something radical to help. I applied for AmeriCorps and my team that served in New Orleans ended up getting an award for being the number one VISTA program for creating the biggest impact that year. I also saw the affects of climate change for the first time while working in Louisiana. My interest in climate change and global warming was what led me to my interest in the Institute’s International Environmental Policy program. If it weren’t for the experience I had inAmericorps, I wouldn’t have made that connection and I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Josh Warburg, the Institute Master of Public Administration '13
AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps NCCC (Western US) 2009-2011
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Davis, major in Anthropology
Language of Study: Spanish
MPA Program Alumnus
"My experience in NCCC solidified my commitment to service and laid a foundation of leadership skills on which I wanted to continue to build. Team Leaders are asked to lead small groups with very different personalities, motives, beliefs and abilities in situations that are often uncertain and hectic, with organizations that possess insufficient time and resources to accomplish everything that they want to. In short, NCCC lays the groundwork for success in a social change organization. The Institute builds upon that with tools, frameworks, theories, practical experience, and networking opportunities to translate those competencies into marketable skills."
Serena Kelsch, the Institute Master of Public Administration '12
AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps State and National (Alaska) 2006-2007
Hometown: Prunedale, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Santa Barbara, major in Cultural Anthropology
Language of Study: Arabic
Current work: Development Strategist at OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya (as part of the Institute's DPMI+ immersive learning opportunity)
"As an AmeriCorps, I found I had a passion for working in partnership with people in need, but I didn't have all of the tools necessary to help find the solutions to poverty. I needed to find a tool-based internationally development-focused graduate program, and MIIS was the best fit. Furthermore, as an Americorps, you receive an education stipend; MIIS matches that stipend, dollar-for-dollar- which didn't hurt."
Learn more about our academic programs that can allow you to use your AmeriCorps experience to Be the Solution.