Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with AmeriCorps, awards AmeriCorps members a scholarship through the Heinz College – AmeriCorps Scholarship Program. Through this scholarship program, AmeriCorps VISTA members are awarded a minimum scholarship of $10,000 per semester. AmeriCorps State and National members and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members are eligible for a scholarship award up to $6,000 per semester, commensurate of the terms of service with the AmeriCorps program.

Heinz College awards the scholarship to former AmeriCorps members who are entering one of the College’s full-time graduate degree programs. The award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). To be considered for the scholarship, Heinz College applicants should indicate their involvement with AmeriCorps on the application for admission.

The Heinz College – AmeriCorps Scholarship Program has been established as part of Heinz College’s commitment to promoting innovative decision-making and diverse perspectives in leadership in education policy-making, similar to the mission of AmeriCorps.

Each year, a maximum of ten qualified students in the incoming class can be awarded the Heinz College - AmeriCorpsScholarship.


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The program is designed for AmeriCorps members who have been admitted to one of the College’s full-time graduate degree programs

Admissions Requirements
AmeriCorps members will apply via the Heinz College online application system. To apply, prospective students must take the GRE (or GMAT), complete an application form, and submit transcripts from all universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. Students can apply on-line for free. Students are granted admission on the basis of academic achievement, performance on the GRE, experience in the proposed field of study, leadership experience, fit of their goals with the program, and recommendations that indicate they are capable of excelling in a rigorous master’s program. No single factor guarantees or prevents admission; all factors are weighed in the process.

To learn more about the Heinz College or the Americorps partnership, please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions at deber@cmu.eduor 412-268-3347, or complete a brief prospective student profile.