AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. Additionally, you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

AmeriCorps members assist students with the college enrollment process (admissions, testing, academic advising, financial aid, orientation, registration, etc.), facilitate parent workshops, and serve as a liaison for students (at ISD high schools and other designated venues, via phone and/or email). Members will maintain program activity logs, compile reports, and other required documentation.

Each year the AmeriCorps Program serves over 4,500 12th grade students; AmeriCorps members answer questions and guide students with all college enrollment requirements. AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

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Transcript of AmeriCorps information Video

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What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program in which UTRGV students help high school seniors with the college admissions and financial aid process.

What exactly does that mean?

The college admissions process involves: applying to universities, registering for tests (ACT, SAT, TSI), orientation, and applying for scholarships and financial aid (FAFSA/TASFA).

Members help students:

  1. Find the right college for them and apply for admission.
  2. Register for the necessary tests.
  3. Register for orientation/courses once they're accepted.

Remember! Members help students find the right college for them, even if it is not UTRGV.

There are members at both the Edinburg and Brownsville UTRGV campuses. Together we serve Brownsville ISD, Edinburg CISD, McAllen ISD, and San Benito CISD.

You will be placed along with other AmeriCorps members as a team at a service site where you will serve for 4.5 months.

Keep in mind you will be commuting to and from your service site, as well as to meetings, trainings, and events throughout the term.

How do I join?

In order to join you must:

  1. Be a US citizen or legal permanent resident
  2. Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  3. Have completed 24 credit hours
  4. Be enrolled in the term you plan to serve
  5. Submit an application
  6. Submit an unofficial transcript
  7. Submit a resume
  8. Be able to commit to serve for the entire term [4.5 months]
  9. Have excellent customer service skills
  10. Bilingual speak preferred (English and Spanish)
  11. Successfully pass required background checks

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  • AmeriCorps Application

    Fall application now available. July 24, 2020 Deadline to apply.

  • AmeriCorps Offers Tangible Benefits

    • Member who satisfactorily completes service will earn for each term served a $1,638.89 educational award
    • Semi-monthly $350 stipend will be provided during a term of 4 and a half months
    • Pre-Service Orientation on time management skills, leadership skills, civic reflection, and public speaking
    • eligible members can receive a $600 need-based grant during the term of service for completing a full term.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

    The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program.

    The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is based on the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year. Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.

    Members can divide an award and use portions of it at different times before it expires, as long as it is for authorized expenditures.

  • Requirement to Join

    • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
    • 2.5 GPA
    • 24 credit hours completed
    • Bilingual Preferred (English and Spanish)
    • Be able to commit to serve for full 4.5 months for 22-25 hours a week, mainly from 8AM to 4PM, M-F (not completing commitment can have negative repercussions).
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Application from
    • Résumé
    • Enrolled for Fall 2020
  • Community Service Activities

    • FAFSA/TASFA Super Saturday
    • MLK Day of Service – A day-on not a day-off
    • United We Serve
    • AmeriCorps Week
    • University Day
  • Program Overview

    • AmeriCorps members will serve a 4 and a half month term:
    • Fall: from August 10 to December 15, 2020
    • 22-25 hours per week on average
    • 80 percent of the time will be spent at assigned high school
    • May require service activities to be performed virtually or remotely
    • Members can serve up to 4 terms
  • AmeriCorps Fast Facts




    1 million +

    Number of people who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994

    1.4 billion

    Total number of hours served by AmeriCorps members since 1994

    1.9 million

    Number of community volunteers managed or mobilized by AmeriCorps members last year

    $1 billion

    Value of cash and in-kind donations leveraged by AmeriCorps members each year


    Unique sites that AmeriCorps members served last year

    $3.6 billion

    Total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members since 1994


    AmeriCorps Members serve annually


    National Service In Texas

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Brownsville, TX 78520

Edinburg Location:
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1st Floor Student Services Building (SSBL)
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Edinburg, Texas 78539

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