Clinton signs Pledge, announces plan to double AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award
Posted by aaronjmarquez on October 11, 2007
At Plymouth State University this morning, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (NY-D) touted her leadership on creating the U.S. Public Service Academy, announced her plans to double the Eli Segal Education Award, and became the latest to sign the ServeNext Presidential Pledge to expand National Service.
In a speech focusing on college affordability, Senator Clinton highlighted Plymouth State University’s efforts to live their institution’s motto of “Ut Prosim,” or “That I May Serve.”
“I was very pleased to learn that Plymouth State matches AmeriCorps Education Awards because the school believes so strongly in this program. I would like to see more colleges and universities follow Plymouth State’s lead.”
Since AmeriCorps’ inception in 1993, the $4,725 Eli Segal Education Award – that graduates receive at the completion of their 1700-hour service year – has not increased in value.
“I will make college more affordable for those who serve in AmeriCorps. Back when my husband created AmeriCorps in 1993, the program covered 47% of the total cost of attending a four-year public college. Today, 13 years later, tuition costs have skyrocketed but the amount of tuition assistance is exactly the same. I will address this by doubling the Education Award that AmeriCorps volunteers receive for the service they render. These young men and women are building homes, mentoring children, providing disaster relief, and so much more. They’re serving our country every day and I want our country to serve them in return.”
Following the public speech, first-year Plymouth State University student Jennifer Andrikidis of Derry, the recipient of one of Plymouth State University’s AmeriCorps Alumni scholarships and a Student Senator, thanked Senator Clinton for support and pressed her on expanding opportunities for her peers to serve. Impressed by Andrikidis’ commitment, Senator Clinton signed the Pledge to Expand National Service – which includes growing AmeriCorps to 170,000 members by 2012.
More to come…