Community Resources

Local Connections

Want to know which FJVs are in your area and what they’re up to? Northwest FJVs reside throughout the country and we can help get you connected with others in your areas.

You can also email us to find out more about events and gatherings in your area!

Have an opportunity (education, job, retreats, etc.) you want to share with the FJV Community?

Retreats and Conferences

Have a retreat or conference happening in your area you want to share with other former volunteers? Email our Advancement Assistant to get your listing on this page.

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)

Are you interested in learning about the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius? The Spiritual Exercises gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Ignatian prayer where you can experience personal growth and transformation, where you can learn to seek God in all things, and where you can draw nearer to Jesus by becoming a “contemplative in action.” For information about the SEEL programs in the Jesuits West Provence, visit the website here.

After Volunteer Experience (AVE)

After Volunteer Experience is a re-entry program sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and an outreach to young adult women who have participated in postgraduate service domestically or internationally. Transition after a year or more of volunteer service can pose significant challenges. AVE provides a reflective space to integrate the volunteer experience and discern future directions in life and ministry. The program includes room, board, and meals for 1-3 months in Southern New Mexico, intentional community with Sisters of Charity, program structure customized to participant’s needs; weekly volunteer experience at the border, spiritual direction and overall health counseling, and career planning and development. Go to their website for more information.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Ruined for life by JVC Northwest? Might as well continue the journey! Maryknoll Lay Missioners provides individuals, couples, and families with the opportunity to live and work alongside those often marginalized around our world. Our missioners work within their professional fields for 3. 5 years, or more, in Asia, Africa and the Americas striving to co-create a more just and compassionate world. Maryknoll lay missioners range in age from 21 to 78, and include a number of FJVs. To learn more, visit MKLM.org. Or join us on an upcoming discernment retreat weekend (held Holy Week, July, October, and January).

Contact Karen at join@mklm.org or 914-467-8857 for more information.

Retreat Resources from the FJV Community

Soul Spring Essence – FJV Sue Artone-Fricke (Omak, WA ’80-82), a Sister of St. Francis, has, along with another sister, have founded a nonprofit organization called Soul Spring which, “…honors the essence, the loving wisdom that is core within each person. We guide people to cultivate harmony and peace within themselves, with others, and with all of creation through insight-based programs open to all, especially  people with limited resources.” Soul Spring offers some of the best of what we’ve learned in our religious life to people who seek self-awareness, growth, and spirituality. Individual and group spiritual direction and retreat facilitation available, see their website for more information.

Karen Marie Retreats – FJV Karen Murphy (Missoula, MT ’09-10) has recently began operating her own retreat organization, whose mission is, “Inspired by the voices, wisdom, and fidelity of the women who have nurtured the Christian tradition, it is my sincere hope to companion women and men of faith in their journeys with God, serving the nourishment of their spirits, and helping them to receive the many spiritual gifts we have inherited from our faith parents.” To learn more about Karen’s journey and/or Karen Marie Retreats and how you can bring them to your church, organization, or program, click here. Karen is based out of NY but can travel anywhere, as needed.

Live Your Purpose Coaching – Former Lutheran and Peace Corps volunteer Sara Jones runs her own life coaching business, for both individuals and groups, catered to former full-time service immersion volunteers. Through coaching take stock of who you are today (with your volunteer experience and everything else in you), find new purpose in your days, and gain clarity on your next meaningful direction…all while carrying your service with you. Sara’s coaching can take place in person and/or remotely, so if you are a former JV and looking for clarity and guidance on your path forward, go to Sara’s website and learn more. Her services are geared to former volunteers who have more recently completed their year of service but she is open to working with people of all ages. Sara is also available for workshops and retreat facilitation so email her for more on those opportunities.

Academic Opportunities

For a list of colleges and universities that match the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award click here.

O’Hare Postgraduate Media Fellowship

O’Hare Postgraduate Media Fellowship award is to support the next generation of writers for the Catholic media and other forms of professional journalism. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of Jesuit colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications.

Antioch University Seattle: Urban Environmental Education

Antioch University Seattle offers a scholarship for AmeriCorps members that is a close to match of the AmeriCorps award for those that enroll. The MAED in Urban Environmental Education at Antioch University Seattle, also has scholarship opportunities for enrollees.

About the MAED in Urban Environmental Education Program

IslandWood and Antioch University Seattle’s M.A.Ed. in Urban Environmental Education (UEE) is a first of a kind program that recognizes the need for diverse educators with the skills and passion to contribute to the social and ecological health of urban settings.  Graduate students are rethinking traditional methods of place-based and experiential environmental education and are developing new ways of connecting people to the nature of the city.  In extending the focus to the city and stepping into place where most live, justice issues become an integral part of living in “the environment”.  Graduate classes are carried out in the city, on the streets, observing and investigating through the perspectives of those who live there – from the inside out. Urban stewardship is re-imagined as a way to promote sustainability and resilience, equity and inclusion.  To learn more about the program, please check out their website or apply now.

Scholarships Available

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Byers at 206-499-8530 or via email at sueb@islandwood.org.

Aquinas Institute of Theology

The Aquinas Institute of Theology offers a variety of degrees in Theology, pastoral studies, and divinity. They offer a fee waiver for any former volunteers. For more information contact:

Aquinas Institute of Theology
3642 lindell Blvd.
St Louis MO 63108
(fax) 314-977-7225
email: aquinas@slu.edu

Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

The Jesuit School of Theology (JST) in Berkeley is a professional theological school faithful to the intellectual tradition and apostolic priority of the Society of Jesus. JST is committed to social justice, the culturally contextualized study of theology, academic excellence, and the formation of leaders for the church of the 21st Century. Dedicated to inter-religious learning and dialogue, we are one of eight theological seminaries in the consortium of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. Alongside excellent Jesuit training at JST, students can also take courses throughout the GTU and at the University of California at Berkeley. Students are able to study for the Master of Divinity (MDIV), the Master of Theological Studies (MTS), and in conjunction with the GTU, the Master of Arts in Theology (MA).

Each year many FJVs discern a call to go deeper into ministry, faith, theological study, and service through a degree program at JST. Our alumni go on to serve as: teachers, campus ministers, non-profit administrators, pastoral associates, community organizers, chaplains and retreat center directors. JST offers several full-tuition Presidential Scholarships for incoming Master of Divinity degree students, with at least one of these scholarships being awarded to an FJV. Additionally, JST awards up to 90% tuition grants for all degree programs.

Visit www.scu.edu/jst for more information or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@jstb.edu or toll-free at 800.824.0122.

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Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers graduate programs that integrate rigorous academics with spirituality, service, and social justice. The STM holistically forms and educates its students, challenging them to develop their own theological voices and to cultivate new ministry skills and perspectives. A diverse and vibrant community supports students as they engage in theology grounded in faith and informed by lived experience. As a result, STM students are well prepared to apply their education in diverse contexts, emerging as just and thoughtful leaders throughout the world.

For more information, please visit www.bc.edu/stm, or contact the admissions office at stmadm@bc.edu or 617.552.6506. Tuition scholarships of 75% are available to qualified applicants who have participated in a Catholic Volunteer Network program, such as JVC Northwest.

Catholic Theological Union Graduate School

The Catholic Theological Union is the largest Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the U.S. Five hundred ethnically diverse women/men, religious/lay, from U.S. and over forty countries attend Catholic Theological Union, which is located in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit www.ctu.edu, or email Kathy Van Duser at kvanduser@ctu.edu.

City Vision University

City Vision University is an online university that was founded out of a national faith-based AmeriCorps program called TechMission. The core competencies of our degree programs are in Nonprofit Management, Addiction Counseling, Urban Ministry and Business/Social Entrepreneurship.

City Vision University will provide a 25% tuition scholarship to anyone with an AmeriCorps educational award. For the 17-18 year, this would make our tuition $5,250/year or $525/course undergrad and $6,000/year and $600/course for our MBA program. We also provide prior learning assessment that can grant credit for qualified AmeriCorps service.

You can find more information here: https://www.cityvision.edu/tuition-and-fees/ or email further questions to Nancy Young.

Clark University Community Development and Planning Program

The Community Development and Planning program provides current and future community development practitioners, activists, and scholars with a strong foundation—based on theory, skill development, and practice—to take on the challenges of urban revitalization in the United States.  The program links theory to practice through insightful participation of practitioners in seminars, high quality internships, and studio and practicum courses that allow students to learn directly from residents and community-based organizations about their resources, priorities, and strategies.  Students in the Community Development and Planning Program learn alternative ways of thinking and transforming communities to achieve greater equity and social justice.

For further information about the program, please visit www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/academicsGradCDP.cfm.

Creighton University Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) + Graduate School

The CCSJ graduate assistant is a position designed to give graduate students (particularly those individuals pursuing Master’s degrees in MinistryTheology, or Christian Spirituality, but also with opportunities in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and other fields) a chance to develop leadership and proficiency in faith/justice ministry as an integral member of the CCSJ team.  Past Graduate Assistants have primarily worked with the Service & Justice Trips program, but have also worked with the Weekly Service program, office Communications Team, office Fundraising Team, and Project Homeless Connect Omaha.  Compensation includes either partial or full tuition depending on the graduate program, stipend, and numerous opportunities for professional development.

If you have any questions about the CCSJ Graduate Assistant position, please contact Ken Reed-Bouley, director of the CCSJ.
Questions regarding the Creighton University graduate school and graduate school admissions process can be directed to either program advisers or the Graduate School.

Creighton also has a doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Leadership, more about that program can be found here. To read specifically about the concept of Jesuit Leadership in this program click here.

Creighton University M. A. G. I. S.

The Mentoring Academic Gifts in Service (MAGIS) Program seeks to develop a corps of highly motivated teachers to serve in under-served Catholic schools.

To carry out this mission, MAGIS recruits talented graduates from undergraduate programs who desire to teach not just a career but as a vocation.

MAGIS teachers make a two-year commitment to teach in a Catholic school while living in community, pursuing professional and spiritual development. These three pillars are the foundation for the work of MAGIS teachers. Creighton University provides excellence in education and the MAGIS Program maximizes opportunities for personal and professional growth.

For more information visit: http://www2.creighton.edu/magis/

Comboni Lay Mission Program Pastoral Teams

Comboni Lay Mission Program is a Catholic community of lay people who live out their faith and ideals by walking with the poor of other countries, sharing talents, learning from one another, and joining the struggle for a more just and compassionate world.

Missioners attend a discernment weekend in the Spring, and a 14-week training program in the Fall. Upon completion, they attend language school and begin a 3-year assignment in Africa or Latin America. They share their talents in health care, education, agronomy, community development, administration, technical skills, and pastoral work. They live together in community and participate in pastoral teams of Comboni priests, religious and local leaders.

Comboni Lay Mission Program is currently forming pastoral teams to serve in Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, South Africa and Eritrea.  Visit their website to learn more about the program, and to fill out a preliminary application form:http://www.laymission-comboni.org/

Comboni Lay Missionary Program
1615 E. 31st Street
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Foundations of Christian Leadership – Duke Divinity

FCL brings together emerging leaders from a variety of faith-based organizations as colleagues in an encouraging and collaborative learning environment. The program includes two four-day, in-person gatherings where participants explore their gifts and cultivate the practices that are essential for spurring transformation within Christian organizations. There are multiple locations available.

As a Foundations participant, you also become eligible for a $5,000 Innovation Grant to spark your theological and practical imagination and enhance the mission of your organization.

Learn more and apply!

Is Foundations right for me?
Foundations of Christian Leadership benefits those who care about the Church in the world and want to build skills to lead Christian institutions with joy and creativity. Over the years, we have had lay and clergy leaders from a variety of faith-based organizations participate. Ideal applicants are those who have been in a leadership position in a Christian institution for fewer than five years. Typically, they are working on new projects or with an expanded scope of responsibility and seeking ways to sustain key activities over time.

What does it cost?

The $1,500 registration fee includes leadership assessments, other program materials, and some meals. You may apply for a $5,000 grant to promote innovation in your organization. The funding, made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc., will be awarded to your sponsoring institution.

What do I need to do?
As part of the application, we will ask you to answer brief essay questions and provide a resume and letter of recommendation.

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Gaston or our program coordinator Mary Page. We look forward to hearing from you!

University of Dayton

University of Dayton offers Graduate Assistantships to grad students pursuing a Masters in Theology or Pastoral Ministry.  Positions are available within Residence Life Ministry, Neighborhood Ministry, Christian Leadership and Retreats, Liturgy.  GAs serve undergraduate students to cultivate faith, foster spiritual growth, and form Christian leaders through small groups, retreats, worship, spiritual programming, service and justice.  Tuition, stipend, and housing are provided.

Graduate Assistants are vital to Campus Ministry’s ability to carry out its mission: Rooted in our Catholic and Marianist tradition, Campus Ministry cultivates the faith life of the campus community through transformative encounters with God.  We foster spiritual growth through worship, pastoral care, faith formation, service and reflection.  Committed to peace and justice, we challenge people to develop their unique gifts in service to the world and to be leaders who nurture human dignity through building faith-filled communities.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Earlham School of Religion

Leadership and Service Scholarship Program

Earlham School of Religion is a Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition. Throughout their history, Quakers have taken a leading role in speaking truth to power, exposing social and economic concerns, and ministering to those among us who are most in need. If you resonate with these values you can be a part of this continuing work regardless of your religious background. Whether or not you have ever given thought to seminary or graduate theological school, an ESR degree may be a viable career path for you. Our students can focus on a variety of emphases including Teaching, Leadership, Peace and Justice, Ministry of Writing and more.

While ESR already offers significant financial support for Master of Arts and Master of Divinity students through its need-based aid and scholarship programs, ESR seeks to specifically support those who have been involved in service and who want to continue their engagement during seminary and beyond. ESR will offer a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to accepted, degree-seeking, residential student applicants within three years of completing a year of service with JVC Northwest.

For more information, please visit esr.earlham.edu or contact Matt Hisrich at 800-432-1377 or hisrima@earlham.edu.

Echoing Green Fellowship

Visionaries Wanted

The Echoing Green Fellowship offers entrepreneurs up to $90,000 in seed funding to support and launch a new organization. Teach for America, City Year, and over 400 other social change organizations have begun through an Echoing Green Fellowship. People with incredible, new ideas who are determined to make their idea a reality are strongly encouraged to apply.

Watch the video: http://www.echoinggreen.org/video
Apply online: https://apply.echoinggreen.org
Questions? Contact us at apply@echoinggreen.org.

Eastern Mennonite University

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding offers master’s degree programs and other educational opportunities for individuals and groups, in areas such as Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice. Discounts are available for former CVN volunteers.

Contact Jayne Seminare Docherty, Ph.D., Academic Programs Director at jayne.docherty@emu.edu

Evergreen State Masters in Teaching

The Evergreen State College seeks AmeriCorps members and alumni with a desire to become TEACHERS. The fall 2013 Master in Teaching (MiT) program will be on the Olympia campus and applications are accepted until April 3, 2013. An application fee waiver is available, and applicants with AmeriCorps experience may apply for a MiT education award worth approximately one quarter of in-state tuition to supplement the Segal Education Award. See www.evergreen.edu/americorps or contact MiT advisor Maggie Foran at foranm@evergreen.edu or 360.867.6559.

Fordham University Arrupe Fellowship

The MA in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) is a 12-course (3-semester) program designed to train students for international professional careers. These careers often require an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of international economic relations for employment in government, business, or non-profit organizations. Our curriculum offers a rigorous foundation in political, economic, social, and quantitative analysis and an advanced interdisciplinary study of global economic issues. The program also offers a number of specializations. Arrupe Fellows are expected to specialize in development studies with a focus on project management.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the IPED office at:

International Political Economy and Development Program
Fordham University
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-4064
iped@fordham.edu or on their webpage.

Fordham University Graduate School for Former Volunteers

Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education offers a 40% discount to former volunteers.

Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) is a school of ministry committed to cultivating academic competence, scholarly research and ministerial skills in religious education and pastoral studies. In accordance with its Catholic, Jesuit tradition, GRE encourages students to integrate academic knowledge with personal wisdom, and to serve the church and society as committed and compassionate leaders.

GRE current students and graduates are actively serving the mission of healing the brokenhearted, of promoting justice, of lifting up those who have fallen, of calling out to the lost, and of handing on the faith in a variety of contexts from parishes, chaplain’s offices, Catholic schools, Jesuit Universities, and Diocesan offices. In short, we strive to be a community of “doers of the Word” (James 1:22).

All Catholic Volunteer Network alums are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to 35% off of tuition. For more information about our programs and how to apply, visit www.fordham.edu/gre, email GREadmit@fordham.edu, or call 718-817-4800.

Georgetown University Former JV Service Scholarship

Former JVs bring unique, valuable perspectives to the classroom through their experiences serving their communities. In keeping with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage, and informed by our commitment to living as women and men in service to others, we honor those who have served for at least one (1) year with the JVC or JVC Northwest by applying a tuition discount to eligible students.fo

Applicable programs: All Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs, Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) programs, and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) programs.

Discount amount: Former JVs are eligible for a 15% tuition discount during each semester in which they are registered for classes. Tuition rates are adjusted annually and go into effect at the conclusion of each spring semester. This scholarship shall not apply to study abroad programs or any additional fees levied by Georgetown University.

More information on the program can be found on Georgetown’s website here.

Gonzaga University School of Law Thomas More Scholarship Program

Gonzaga Law School’s Thomas More Scholarship Program provides a unique opportunity for talented individuals to realize their commitment to serving the public interest through law. Each year, our scholarship committee selects a small number of entering first-year students to be Thomas More Scholars. These Scholars are awarded full tuition so that they may pursue careers in public service unencumbered by substantial law school debt. At times, the Program is opened up to current Gonzaga Law students as well. The scholarships are awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for successive years based on satisfactory academic performance and full participation in all the activities of the Program. More information available here: https://www.law.gonzaga.edu/centers-programs/thomas-more/

Gonzaga University Online Masters Program

The Gonzaga University Virtual Campus has several affordable online Masters Programs in fields relevant to the service and values of former JVs.

M.A. in Theology and Leadership
The Online Master’s in Theology and Leadership is grounded in a Christian, Ignatian tradition that integrates organizational leadership courses to deliver a unique degree. Current students say they are not only strengthening their religious education, but gaining leadership skills that will serve them in any discipline. The degree can be used by those interested in youth ministry, education, chaplaincy and hospital administration. The Online program is flexible, there are no set times to take classes and students are able to balance work, family and school. Gonzaga is committed to keeping this program affordable with a reduced tuition rate and scholarships. Financial aid is also available.
Call an Admissions Counselor at 866-380-5323 or send us an email at guonlineadmissions@gonzaga.edu

M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies
Gonzaga’s Online Master’s in Communication and Leadership prepares students to be effective, ethical communicators in their organizations. The degree offers three optional concentrations: Strategic and Organizational Communication, International and Intercultural Communication and College Teaching of Communication. There are also several opportunities to study abroad. The Online program is flexible, there are no set times to take classes and students are able to balance work, family and school. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Call an Admissions Counselor at 866.380.5323 or send us an email at guonlineadmissions@gonzaga.edu

Holy Family Academy: Teaching Fellow Program

Duquesne University and Holy Family Academy are partnering to offer a tuition-free Masters Degree in Secondary Education that considers the whole person- inclusive of social, emotional, and intellectual development. This program features two service years at Holy Family Academy, while attending evening and summer classes at Duquesne University, and living in community in Holy Family Service Corps.

Express interest in this newly formulating program by contacting Lynn Guerra at Guerra.Lynn@hfi-pgh.org or 412-766-9020 x1304.

Graduate Study and Practical Ministry Experience at Loyola University New Orleans

Scholarship/Ministry Opportunity

Pursue graduate study and practical ministry experience at Loyola University New Orleans – a great Jesuit university located in a great Catholic city…for FREE!  Work with University Ministry on retreats and Christian Life Communities at Loyola in exchange for tuition for a Loyola Institute for Ministry master’s degree in pastoral studies or religious education that is trans-formative and firmly rooted in Catholic theology and Ignatian spirituality.  Room and board may also be available if you wish to serve as a residence hall chaplain.

For more information, please see http://mm.loyno.edu/jesuit-center/university-ministry-internship

Loyola University of Chicago JVC Magis

The term Magis is a key element of Jesuit Spirituality, inviting us to do more and to become more in the hope of offering greater service.

Any former Jesuit Volunteer may apply for this service program. Offered by Loyola University Chicago, JVC: Magis is for dedicated people seeking meaning in their life who want to:

  • serve people in the inner city;
  • explore a deeper spirituality;
  • earn a Master’s Degree in one of the following areas: social work, pastoral studies, divinity, social justice, spirituality, secondary education. (Dual degree programs are not offered through JVC Magis.) This is offered as a full scholarship opportunity for all participating volunteers;
  • consider making ministry and/or service a lifelong commitment.

For more information visit www.luc.edu/ccse/Magis.shtml or contact Lee Hubbell, 312-915-7049 or lhubbel@luc.edu.

Loyola Law Community Service Scholarship

Students who have participated in Americorps, City Year, Peace Corps, VISTA, Teach for America or Jesuit Volunteer Corps are eligible to receive $4,000 for the first year at the School of Law at Loyola University of Chicago. No application is required. Please submit a cover letter with proof of participation and completion of the program. The deadline is March 1st. Students who are chosen to receive the Teach for America Americorps Education Award from the Child and Family Law Center are no eligible of this scholarship.

For more information visit http://www.luc.edu/law/admission/jd/scholarships_firstyear.html#amaker

Marquette University Trinity Fellows Program

The Trinity Fellows Program is a 21- month study/work graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. While engaged in full-time graduate study, Fellows work at area nonprofit agencies 18 hours per week for two academic years and 40 hours per week during the intervening summer.

Trinity offers fellowships in 14 fields of study:  Business, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Communication, Corporate Communication, Economics, Educational Policy and Leadership, English, History, International Affairs, Management, Applied Philosophy, Political Science, Public Service, or Theology. Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded per year.  The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.

Eligibility, Benefits, Fees:

Qualified applicants must be accepted to their chosen master’s degree program at Marquette (see Graduate School or Graduate School of Management for further details), and must have completed service in AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, or a comparable full-time volunteer organization OR completed 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization. The length of full-time service commitment should be no less than ten months; one or more years preferred.  There is no time limit between close of service and application to our program.

  • Fellowships include a monthly stipend (currently $1,665 per month) and a full-tuition scholarship. These benefits exceed $60,000 for the 21-month program.
  • Each student is charged a $1,250 participation fee per semester (fees total $5,000). Education awards (i.e. Segal Education Award or Peace Corps Readjustment Allowance) can be used.

More information and application instructions can be found at www.marquette.edu/trinityfellows. For detailed information on the Marquette University graduate school, graduate program admission requirements and course offerings see the MU Graduate Bulletin, links below.  The Graduate Bulletin is a very helpful and important document for prospective and current Graduate Students.  See:

Also, check out the Student Information Sheet.

Carolyn Swabek, Director and Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Assistant Director, welcome the opportunity talk or correspond with anyone interested in applying to their Trinity Fellows Program. Feel free to reach out to alisha.klapps@marquette.edu or 414.228.0260, or carolyn.swabek@marquette.edu or 414.288.0637.

McCormick Theological Seminary

McCormick Seminary, in conjunction with the Center for Faith and Service and Service Programs that Change the World, is pleased to offer an online course, Vocational Discernment 101, which is focused on easing the transition from a year of volunteering to “what’s next”.

The Center for Faith and Service has developed materials around discernment, including the Vespers Curriculum and the Discernment Deck. Both will be used as the springboard for the course’s key themes and concepts, complementing the training volunteers have already received during their time of service.

McCormick Seminary aims to make this course accessible to any and all who wish to participate and has provided a generous grant to make that happen.  Tuition for the course is $100. Students who successfully complete the course will receive graduate-level credit conferred from McCormick.

If you have any questions please contact Alison Burchett (aburchett@faithandservice.org) or Wayne Meisel (wmeisel@faithandservice.org).

Course begins February 5; Ends week of May 11
Class meets online Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Registration Deadline: February 1 

Nativity Teaching Fellow, Nativity School of Worcester

Nativity School of Worcester is a tuition-free, independent Jesuit middle school for boys living in the vulnerable neighborhoods of Worcester, Massachusetts. Nativity exists first and foremost to provide an exceptional educational opportunity to boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In a structured learning environment, including an 11-hour school day, an extended school year, individualized tutoring and often less than 15 pupils per class – our students are pushed to greater academic heights while being supported by an unwavering, compassionate staff.  100% of our admitted students qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program, placing their household incomes at or below the federal poverty line.

As a Nativity Teaching Fellow, you have the ability to significantly impact the lives of “at risk” boys. Fellows animate Nativity as full-time teachers, advisors, coaches, and mentors over a two year period. Fellows receive health and life insurance, housing, a monthly food allowance, and a small living stipend throughout their time at Nativity. Nativity Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue a number of graduate degree programs at no out-of-pocket expense.

All those interested in learning more about the school or the fellowship should contact Business Manager Joel Kent at (508) 799-0100 ext. 18, or jkent@nativityworcester.org.

Northestern University

Northeastern University is now offering a scholarship to AmeriCorps alumni in the form of a 25% Tuition Discount across a wide range of graduate programs available both online and on ground. For more information on the scholarship as well as a list of applicable programs, please visit their website: http://www.northeastern.edu/seattle/admissions/full-circle-scholarship/.

Northwest Center for Catholic Graduate Theory

The Northwest Center for Catholic Graduate Theory, a joint enterprise of Gonzaga University and the University of Portland is currently offering a Master of Arts Degree (MAPM) in Pastoral Ministry for those looking to further explore the workings of God. The MAPM program provides pastoral ministers with sound theological foundations, basic ministerial skills, and resources for ministry and personal spirituality. This 40-hour program can be completed in three years by taking attending weekend classes.

To find out more about this program or if you have any questions, please contact: Mary LaBarre, Ed. D.Director, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry phone 503-943-7365 email labarre@up.edu

University of Nortre Dame, Masters of Divinity Program

The Master of Divinity Program at the University of Notre Dame offers comprehensive formation for professional ministry, preparing students for service and leadership in the Church.  All admitted lay students receive full-tuition scholarships and generous living stipends.  Academic formation includes the study of theology and ministry with one of the largest and most renowned theology faculties in the world.

During three years of study, lay students, alongside seminarians, also engage in three years of mentored field education, drawing from a wide array of ministry placement options and engaging in seminars for theological reflection on their ministerial experiences.  Lay students form intentional community and commit to comprehensive human and spiritual formation, incorporating weekly community formation nights, regular one-on-one formation meetings, spiritual direction, retreats, and days of reflection.  All graduates benefit from a 100% placement rate after graduation.

Contact us at 574.631.4256 or mdiv@nd.edu, or visit our web site at www.theology.nd.edu/mdiv   Following a pre-application process, the application deadline is January.

University of St. Thomas, Service Scholars Program

Through this scholarship, any admitted applicant to the University of St. Thomas Law School who has completed or is scheduled to complete a service commitment (through a term of one year or more) with a Catholic Volunteer Network program is guaranteed a 20% renewable three-year scholarship. Service scholars also are eligible for additional dean’s scholarship awards ranging from 20% to 80%. No additional scholarship application is required for the Service Scholarship award, but an applicant must include with his or her application a statement of service indicating his or her service period. Applicants may be asked for documentation verifying the completion of the service commitment. Volunteers and alumni can apply for admission and pay no application fee at www.lsac.org.  Learn more about the University of St. Thomas School of Law and its unique mission at www.stthomas.edu/law. For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Christina Holmgren, Assistant Director of Law Admissions: christina.holmgren@stthomas.edu  or via phone at (651) 962-4836.

Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Given the demands of healthcare reform, marketplace changes, the increasing complexity of the profession and challenges facing healthcare leaders, the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership (HAL) provides academic programming that supports the individual professional growth needed to develop highly-trained healthcare leaders.

The School was created in spring 2013 to incorporate the following professional programs already in existence within the College of Health Professions:

Masters of Healthcare Administration

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

For further information about the programs, please visit http://www.pacificu.edu/healthcare-administration-leadership/

Santa Clara University Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries offers Master’s of Arts degrees in Spirituality, Liturgical Music, Pastoral Liturgy, and Catechetics.  Through academic study, ministerial development, a strong spiritual foundation, and a community atmosphere, the program prepares women and men to serve their faith communities.

A degree can be completed in two years full-time or five years part-time, either during the academic year or over five summers.  All former Jesuit Volunteers (JVC and JVI) are eligible for 25% tuition remission.  Additional generous scholarships are available based on need.

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
408.554.7830 fax

Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University, the Jesuit University in the Silicon Valley, has named public interest and social justice as areas of specialization and excellence. The law school provides students with a legal education that instills a commitment to social justice, public interest, and public service in every graduate. Students who want to focus on social justice and public interest work during their legal education and in practice take advantage of an impressive array of resources.

Scholarships available to students with demonstrated involvement in social justice work and an interest in pursuing Public Interest and Social Justice legal careers. Students can receive $5,000 per year for all three years of Law School.

For more information, visit the Law Admissions page at www.scu.edu/law/admissions.  

St. John’s School of Theology

Saint John’s School of Theology recently announced a new scholarship program for alumni of Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) programs. Full-time Masters students who have completed a year of service can earn a 50% scholarship. Find out more about this program and other graduate programs geared towards former volunteers in the alumni section of the CVN website.

School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute Partnership Scholarship

The School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest have teamed up to offer benefits to JVC Northwest alumni seeking to continue their pursuits of social justice through an SIT master’s degree program. This partnership highlights the values of both organizations in integrating the power of education and service as tools to promote greater understanding across cultures.

Applicable programs: SIT Graduate Institute offers master’s degree programs in part-time, low-residency and full-time, face-to-face, global formats. Whether you’re a full-time student just entering the field or a working professional, you can find a program ideally suited to your career goals.


  • Two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded annually on a competitive basis to former JVs
  • SIT will waive the $50 application fee for JVC Northwest alumni.


Scholarships will be open to current and former JVC Northwest volunteers who are accepted into an SIT Graduate Institute master’s degree program.

More information on the programs and the scholarship can be found at: http://graduate.sit.edu/

Seattle University Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission

Alumni Service Days/ Immersion Trips
Prayer Vigils
Leadership Formation
Days of Prayer
Weekend Ignatian Retreats
Mission-Based Reunions
Open Houses
Ignatian Spirituality Programs
Educational Speakers
Vocational Discernment Initiatives
Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission promotes spirituality, service and leadership opportunities for Puget Sound alumni of Seattle University and all Jesuit Universities through on and off-campus partnerships, such as:

To subscribe to the Magis monthly email blast, filled with up-to-date information on programs and events, email magis@seattleu.edu or view their website at http://www.seattleu.edu/magis

Willamette University MBA Program

Former Jesuit Volunteers (FJVs) who are admitted and enroll as full-time students in the Willamette Early Career/Career Change MBA program will be awarded a minimum $5,000 scholarship, or alternately may be eligible for a match of their Segal Education Award (this award would match the funding the student receives from AmeriCorps for up to one year of service). The scholarship awards are renewable for the second year of MBA study. Consideration for additional scholarship awards up to full tuition or graduate assistantships are also available based on eligibility. The application fee is waived for FJVs.

Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management offers FJVs the opportunity to earn the Master of Business Administration for Business, Government and Not-for-Profit Management (MBA). In just 21 months, Willamette MBA students learn the principles of management, refine their career interests, develop one or more career areas of interest, and build the network and portfolio of experience needed in a competitive global economy. All Willamette MBA students participate in the PACE program where they serve as management consultants for selected not-for-profit and government enterprises. This service/consulting project provides a valuable opportunity for students to apply what they learn, build professional experience, contribute to the community through enhancing the operations of client service organization, and supports the university’s mission of “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

Now accepting applications for fall enrollment. For more information, visit: http://willamette.edu/mba/full-time/index.html, email: mba-admission@willamette.edu or call 503-370-6167.

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