Every year the Schuler Scholar Program recruits recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps members in Schuler partnership high schools. The members, called Scholar Coaches, provide one-on-one support to the Schuler Scholars and deliver a wide range of programs throughout the year. They are integral to the implementation of the SSP, and also gain intangible benefits that they can use to enhance and further their professional development.
Additionally, Scholar Coaches develop programs, plan and execute exposures and assume leadership roles within the organization. Coaches serve as tutors, mentors and role models for the Scholars, and Schuler staff members provide the same support for the Coaches.
Scholar Coaches are highly motivated college graduates who commit to two years with Schuler so that they are better prepared for graduate school and/or professional pursuits. They are usually interested in education, education reform, social services, youth development, social justice or a related field. Coaches possess a desire to work with under-resourced young people and families and have an appreciation for the value of a college degree from a highly selective college or university.
First-year Scholar Coaches receive a $12,100/year living stipend and second-years receive a $14,500 stipend. Additionally, SCs receive Schuler group housing, paid health insurance, extensive training in cutting edge educational programming, and exposure to cultural activities in the Chicagoland area.
Full-time AmeriCorps members who complete their service (a minimum of 1700 hours each year) earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,645 to pay for graduate school or to pay back qualified student loans. During the term of service, AmeriCorps members can apply for loan forbearance or deferment.
AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with projects in Chicago and Highland Park.
AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches have the opportunity to hold coordinator positions to gain experience in multiple areas of the organization. SCs Bes and Njeri helped plan the College & Alumni Winter Reunion.