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Jumpstart Scholarship

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Your gift will provide matching scholarships to our Jumpstart national service members who dedicate their time to serving those most in need in our community, our children!

About our Project

Jumpstart Arkansas is our AmeriCorps national service program on campus. Our members are college students who serve under-resourced children in local preschools. Members commit to serve 300 hours during a school year to help the children they serve increase their language, literacy, and social-emotional skills while forming trusting relationships with caring adults. Jumpstart is working toward the day when every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed!  

Our members are a diverse group of college students from a variety of majors who are dedicated to bettering our community through early childhood education. Members serve an average of 10-15 hours per week during the school year without receiving an hourly wage. In addition to their service, several members work multiple jobs while taking a full-time course load. Most also plan to pursue careers in service sectors.  

Upon completion of 300 hours of service, members receive a $1,342 scholarship from AmeriCorps. We would like to match that amount on our campus for as many members as possible. Let's demonstrate that service is valued on our campus and in our community by assisting these individuals with finishing college with less of a financial burden. Not only will the project assist this group of students, but the matching scholarships will allow UAFS to become recognized nationally as an AmeriCorps School of National Service, potentially bringing more service-minded students to our campus.  


Dr Riley

"Through the AmeriCorps Jumpstart Grant, students who complete 300 hours of service are eligible for a $1,342 Segal Educational Award.  We are proud of this opportunity that can be provided to students.  However, the chance to increase this award for members who struggle financially yet still choose to serve their community through working with our youngest learners thrills me.  Students serving their communities while attending the university deserve the highest assistance we can provide.  This project would allow students to be retained at the university and complete a bachelor’s degree without a heavy financial burden upon graduation.  Join us in making college more affordable for our national service members!

-Dr. Monica Riley, Executive Director of the School of Education and Jumpstart Campus Champion

Did you know?

  • Awarded over $33,000 in Segal Educational Awards from AmeriCorps since 2020   
  • 25 members have successfully completed their full 300 hour term of service since 2020 
  • Our members major in education, dental hygiene, nursing, criminal justice, social work, and international business.   

For more information about our program, please visit our website!

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