SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS PROGRAMS

We understand that in order for our Corpsmembers to survive in today’s job market, they must strive for more than a high school diploma.

For this reason, we offer our Corpsmember graduates scholarship and awards opportunities to help them pursue post-secondary education and vocational training. We also help students make their transition out of high school by assisting them with forms and answering general questions about the application process.

All of our Corpsmembers are offered the below privately-funded opportunities to pursue their higher education and continued education goals when they leave our program. 

Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps offers the Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award each year to Corpsmembers, made possible by private donations raised at our Annual LA Corps Spring Luncheon Celebration. Created in 1989, the Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award recognizes students who are pursuing a higher education, vocation or trade. Recent scholars have attended community colleges and prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Los Angeles; Cal State University, Long Beach; and Cal State University, Channel Islands among others. To date, we have awarded over $1 million to over 1,000 scholars. The next one could be you!

The RK Next Steps program staff also assists Corpsmembers with FAFSA, college enrollment, class registration, college and union tours. For more information, please stop by our South LA site or contact RK Next Steps Fund Coordinator Maria Cortez at (323) 224-2550 ext. 531. 

We are now accepting 2018-2019 Russell Kantor Next Steps Fund Award applications. Details and to apply:

New Awardee Application

Current or former Corpsmembers who have a diploma/GED or are high school seniors who expect to graduate this year who are already enrolled in a college program or have plans to enroll in a college program, jo/vocational training, certificate program, or union/apprenticeship program.

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Returning Awardee Application

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Professional Education/Internship Application

Current or former Corpsmembers planning to enroll in a program of education/training aimed at a profession/vocation, an internship, or union/apprenticeship program in the coming year.

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Staff Awardee Application

LA Corps staff who are current staff (for at least 6 months) who are already enrolled or have plans to enroll in a college degree or vocational/certificate program in the coming year.

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Clean & Green Awardee Application

Currently enrolled in the Clean & Green program who are enrolled in a college program or have plans to enroll in a college program, job/vocational training, certificate program, or union/apprenticeship program.

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DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

AmeriCorps Education Awards

Corpsmembers who participate in the Young Adult Corps can take advantage of a special scholarship opportunity that applies paid on-the-job training and service hours towards an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $3,000. To date, more than 200 Young Adult Corpsmembers have earned over $375,000 in AmeriCorps Education Awards.

For more information on any of these scholarships, please contact Jorelle Javier, LA Corps Case and Transition Coordinator, jjavier@lacorps.org or (323) 224-2550 x517.

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