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Opportunities and Events

Have an opportunity or resource (education, job, retreats, etc.) you want to share with the JVC Northwest Community? Send an email to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know. 

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.

Ongoing Involvement Opportunities

FJV Liaisons are designated FJVs in various cities that plan events and connect local FJVs to one another. Find your nearest Liaison to start getting involved, or become a Liaison yourself!  

“Ruined Readers” is JVC Northwest’s nationwide book club for Former JVs and friends. Each year, participants read a common selection based on one of the four core values.

JVC Northwest is always looking for FJVs to mentor our current Jesuit Volunteers! Mentors can be in person or remote.

JVC Northwest works to match any interested current JV with a Former JV or JV EnCorps member who can provide additional support through the JV’s service year. Additionally, we strive to intentionally connect JVs who hold underrepresented identities with mentors who hold similar identities, for extra support during their year. To read more about being a mentor, click here. If you’re a current JV, read more about what it means to have a mentor here

To help strengthen community among former JVs, JVC Northwest is establishing FJV Liaisons in cities all over the country. Liaisons are community builders, fostering connection with other local FJVs. As an FJV Liaison, you believe in the mission of JVC Northwest and understand that creating a strong alumni network can play an important role in strengthening the future of our movement for social and ecological justice. Learn more and sign up to become an FJV Liaison here.


JVC Northwest Events

Kick off the season of expectant waiting with the JVC Northwest community. We will hear reflections from a current JV, a Former JV, and a JV EnCorps Member, as well as set an intention for Advent together. All Former JVs, current JVs, and friends of JVC and JVC Northwest are welcome!
You will need: a journal, pen, candle, and something to light it with.

When: Thursday, Nov. 30th at 5:30pm PST // 8:30pm EST
Register: Here 

FJV-Hosted Events

Want to host an FJV event in your area? Contact Laura at ldacruz@jvcnorthwest.org.

These are bi-monthly gatherings for those who served in JVC in the years prior to 1990.  Our time together will include connection, reflection on the care of the earth, sharing a potluck and seeing what might emerge for creating ongoing community.  We love that the more youthful set of FJVs regularly gather together in Boston. These evenings are opportunity for those “more seasoned FJVs” in the area to find one another – a chance to create community with others decades after our service year, knowing those 4 JVC values still have an impact on our lives. 

Contact Sally Reed for more details at sallyquinnreed@gmail.com 

FJV Midatlantic Retreat 2024 is on!

After a wonderful inaugural regional retreat last year, we’re pleased to invite everyone out to PA for another weekend of rest, community, bonfires, reflections, hiking, and JVC memory-making. This retreat is designed for all FJV’s– whether your year of service was overseas or in the Northwest, whether it was 1 year or 10 years or 30 years ago, whether you had the best year of your life or one of the hardest. 
When: Evening of Friday, February 9 – Lunchtime of Sunday, February 11, 2024
Where: Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center in Lebanon, PA (same as last year)
Cost: $130 for the entire weekend, meals included (same as last year). We are working on financial assistance options for students and new FJV’s, more info on this forthcoming.
What you can expect:
– Communal cabins (bunk beds, bathroom, heat & electricity)
– Dining hall meals with accommodations for those with special dietary needs
– Big group and small group reflections/discussions
– Community time: games, bonfires, hiking
– Rest time: to sleep, to journal, pray, socialize, whatever you need
Registration and Payment deadline is Friday, December 8. There are 30 spots available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Here is the registration link: https://forms.gle/rKXhg3ZrJdz5hDMc9 
Instructions for making your payment are in the form. 
Opportunities to help with facilitation, planning, and talk-giving will be available! More details to come after the registration period closes in December.  
Can’t wait to see you! Love,
Philly FJV’s Cait O’Donnell & John Green

Friends of JVC Northwest Events

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Retreats, Programs, and Spiritual Direction

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Christus Ministries empowers young adults & parishes to grow spiritually, change lives & transform communities. They offer retreats – both silent and group – for young adults all over the West Coast.

The Dominican Center Marywood, located at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, offers both individual and group spiritual direction sessions. Sessions are free for FJVs. See more info on their website or go straight to the spiritual direction request form here.

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. Visit their website for more information.

Founded in 1982, The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community located on 34 acres of wooded land in Central Massachusetts.

Our community life is formed by the gospel teachings and example of Jesus. We are trained in the nonviolent methods of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. in concert with the Asian spiritual traditions and practices.

Our Catholic faith is informed by Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. In this spirit, we endeavor to live in peace with our sacred earth and all its inhabitants by living:

Gospel Nonviolence

  • Practicing nonviolent communication
  • Teaching nonviolence and conflict resolution to college students and adults
  • Engaging in public witness in opposition to war, institutional violence, racism

Sustainable Ecology

  • Our electrical energy is solar, and we have an electric car
  • We cultivate an organic vegetable garden to support our vegan diet
  • Our houses are heated by wood and our strawbale house has a compost toilet

Simplicity and Service

  • We endeavor to live free of fossil fuels
  • Clothes and household needs are purchased at resale shops
  • Service to the poor in our midst

Contemplative Prayer

  • Ecumenical and interfaith in outreach, we gather daily for prayer
  • Our hermitage offers residents and visitors a space for meditative silence
  • Agape has a large library with books on nonviolence, world religions, ecology, and more

Contact Agape for more information on summer internships and other opportunities at Agape www.agapecommunity.org

Over the course of 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of education, programming, and worship. It has been a rich journey of faith. Holden welcomes all who seek contemplation and community in the remote wilderness of the beautiful Cascade Mountains. We invite people of all ages to come and experience our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers to continue a sustainable life of faith outside the Village. And we continue to listen to and reflect on our story and history as we seek to discover our place in God’s creative mission in our world. Click here to learn about ways to get involved.

The Hope Volunteer Community, an intentional volunteer community at The Center at Mariandale in Ossining, NY, is comprised of 4-6 volunteers who live together, partake in common meals and prayer, have connection with sisters (who live offsite). Volunteers serve in the garden, as retreat hospitality ministers, or in the local Westchester community for 15-20 hours/week, largely during evenings and weekends. This is open to anyone aged 21+ of all gender identities and backgrounds. The structure would work particularly well with grad coursework (it includes plenty of time built in for classes and schoolwork) but could fit well with part-time work or even a sabbatical year.

Click here for more. 

If interested, please contact Gina Ciliberto at gciliberto@ophope.org for more information. 

The Ignatian Spirituality Center nurtures compassion, healing and justice by engaging spiritual seekers in deepening their connection to God, self and others.


The ISC brings together lay people, vowed religious, and Jesuits trained in Ignatian and other spiritualities to provide programs designed to deepen spiritual growth. We collaborate with Jesuit ministries to provide spiritual direction, programs, retreats, and resources that assist persons of all faiths to serve Christ’s mission of compassion, healing, and justice.

ISC hosts frequent retreat in-person and retreat opportunities. Learn more about upcoming events at https://www.ignatiancenter.org/ 

Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) New England, a yearlong volunteer opportunity for women and men 50 years of age and better, is recruiting volunteers for the upcoming (September to June) year. Volunteers give two full days/week of service and commit to a monthly spiritual reflection program in the Jesuit tradition. IVC works with nonprofits in the Boston/Worcester/Providence areas that address problems of homelessness, education, immigration and more. IVC New England also welcomes applications from local nonprofits to sponsor volunteers in their work. Apply now. Get info and application by contacting Regional Director, Dave Hinchen (dhinchen@newengland.ivcusa.org), or check out the IVC New England website.

Ignatian Spirituality Project is a Jesuit work of the Midwest Jesuit province, providing spiritual care (via overnight retreats and spiritual reflections) to folks recovering from homelessness and addiction. Volunteers run our programs in 22 cities (we have over 600 volunteers across the country!) and we’d love for FJV’s to consider us when they’re looking for ways to connect their Ignatian/Jesuit roots with giving back to their communities. To get involved, visit https://ispretreats.org/

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.

What is Forest Therapy?  Forest Therapy is inspired from the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku). It is the beautiful practice of being in a natural setting with the intention of slowing down…awakening your senses to the present moment and allowing your mind to rest from its busy work. This is a gentle, physically undemanding practice.  There is no destination or length to be measured. You become attuned to the pace and frequency of the land, and find ease. That feeling of ease and belonging can be a bit elusive in our current societal pace.  But it is there.  We just need help remembering how to connect with it.  

Denise McDermott, LICSW (FJV Bridgeport CT, ’93-’94) is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide through ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides) that offers guided walks in the Tacoma area for individuals and groups as well as engaging presentations on the benefits of nature connection at retreats and workshops.  She views guiding walks as an honor and enjoys introducing people to this life giving practice.

If you are interested in more information or scheduling a walk or event with Denise please contact her through her website 


All are welcome!  FJVs especially : )

Interesting ‘FJV fact’ about Denise, she is also the daughter of two of the original JVs (before they were called JVs). Her parents met at the Copper Valley School in Alaska 1958-60.  Teak and Del Hoover have been happily married over 60 years!

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.

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.

Academic Opportunities

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

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ACE Teaching Fellows is a two-year, tuition-free graduate teaching fellowship at the University of Notre Dame where program participants serve as full-time K-12 teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools, live in intentional community with other ACE teachers, and grow spiritually while earning a tuition-free Master of Education degree. The program blends two summers of graduate school coursework with two-years of full-time teaching. Click here to learn more to #SeeWhereACETakesYou

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. In extending the focus to the city, justice issues become an integral part of living in “the environment.”  Graduate classes are carried out in community nonprofits and on the streets, learning through the perspectives of those who live there. Urban stewardship is re-imagined as a way to promote sustainability and resilience, equity, and inclusion. Antioch University offers scholarships to AmeriCorps alums.

Antioch University partners with IslandWood, an environmental education nonprofit on Bainbridge Island. IslandWood offers a graduate program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC). All students seeking admission to this program must apply and be accepted to both IslandWood AND to the University of Washington’s Master’s in Education Program.

Scholarships Available

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
Email: aquinas@slu.edu

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is enriched each year by the presence of many students who have previously served in a CVN member program. In recognition of all that these students add to our community as well as acknowledging the financial barriers to pursuing graduate studies, we offer a 75% scholarship to any applicant who has participated in a CVN program in the last five years. Opportunities for additional aid are also available.

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.

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. For more information, visit www.ctu.edu.

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’s Master’s Program is one year. Tuition currently stands at around $8,000. City Vision University will provide a 10% tuition scholarship to anyone with a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. For the 23-24 year, this would make our tuition $720/course ($7,200/year) for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

You can find more information here: https://americorps.gov/schools-national-service/city-vision-university or email further questions to Nancy Young.

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 our website

The Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) Graduate Assistant position gives graduate students (particularly those individuals pursuing Master’s degrees in MinistryChristian Spirituality, or Negotiation and Conflict Resolution) a chance to develop leadership and proficiency in faith-justice ministry as an integral member of the SCSJ team.

If you are looking to do social justice ministry/ community engagement and complete your masters at the same time, we are seeking Graduate Assistants starting in Summer 2023 who would like to work with and lead our Service & Justice Trips Program OR Communications Team. 


This position is part of the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) Team working to implement our mission to “awaken hearts and lives of solidarity to build a more just world.” As a department within Creighton University Division of Mission and Ministry, the SCSJ fulfills this mission through direct service, justice education, Ignatian advocacy, forming leaders, reflection, and building community.


Compensation includes partial or full tuition depending on the graduate program, a monthly stipend, and numerous opportunities for professional development. Please review our position description for more information  https://www.creighton.edu/scsj/about/work-with-us/graduate-assistant

Applications are rolling with a priority deadline of February 24, 2023.

If you are interested to know more about our programs you may be interested in this report https://sway.office.com/pX8zx6L6QoyaSn6J?ref=Link&loc=play

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 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

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.

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.

Apply online: https://echoinggreen.org/fellowship/
Questions? Contact us at apply@echoinggreen.org.

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, Restorative Justice, and Transformational Leadership. Discounts are available for former CVN volunteers.

Contact Kristen Grimshaw, CJP Graduate Recruitment Specialist at kristen.grimshaw@emu.edu.

The Evergreen State College seeks AmeriCorps members and alumni with a desire to become TEACHERS. 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 https://www.evergreen.edu/graduatestudies/americorps-benefits.

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.

We offer generous scholarships to exceptional students. We give preference to applicants who have completed their service as a Jesuit Volunteer and who wish to prepare for professional careers in international affairs. Arrupe Fellowships are for students who seek to pursue a career with non-profit international relief and development organizations.  Ricci Fellowships are for students actively involved in international affairs, usually from the UN diplomatic community. Global Markets Assistantships are for individuals interested in the analysis of international commercial and financial markets.  Public Service Assistantships are for students committed to leadership and management of US international public policies and programs. Salesian Fellowships are for returned international volunteers with faith based organizations.

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

International Political Economy and Development Program
Fordham University
Bronx, New York 10458
Tel: (718) 817-4064
Email: iped@fordham.edu 
Website: iped.fordham.edu 

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 40% 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.

Do you care about the church in the world and want to build skills to lead Christian-inspired projects with joy and creativity? Foundations of Christian Leadership 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 gatherings. Currently we are offering a session via web-conferencing and plan to return to in-person sessions in the future.

Thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc., participants are only responsible for a $150 registration fee and will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to support innovative approaches within his or her institution.

Ideal applicants are those who have been in a leadership position in a Christian institution for fewer than five years.


Participants will…

  • Form a learning community rooted in Christian practices
  • Refine a vision of thriving communities that includes the work of Christian institutions
  • Learn how to assess the context in which they are serving and appropriately plan for the future
  • Hone skills in organizational leadership and theological reflection
  • Explore the concepts of traditioned innovationtransformative leadership and vibrant institutions as the underpinnings of effective Christian leadership

To learn more about the program and whether it’s right for you, please use the menu to explore details of this program. 

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 JVC or JVC Northwest by applying a tuition discount to eligible students.

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 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:


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
Gonzaga’s 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 509.313.6227 or send us an email at gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu

M.A. in Communication and Leadership
Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership is an online program that equips students to be effective, ethical communicators and leaders in their organizations and communities. The asynchronous nature of the program provides flexibility for students to balance professional, work and personal priorities. Opportunities to join us in person include 3-day on campus courses and study abroad opportunities in Belgium, Italy, and Colombia. The degree program also offers six optional concentrations: Change Leadership, Global Leadership, Servant Leadership, College Teaching, Digital Media Strategies, and Strategic & Organizational Communication. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Reach out to Gonzaga Graduate Admissions for more information at 866.380.5323 or by email at gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu.

M.A. in Organizational Leadership
Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an asynchronous online program that equips students with the tools to develop advanced leadership practices through critical, strategic, and creative thinking. The asynchronous nature of the program provides flexibility for students to log on and complete their coursework at a time that is convenient for them, making it more manageable to balance work, family, and school. The degree program also offers four optional concentrations: Change Leadership, Global Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Strategic & Organizational Communication. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Reach out to Gonzaga Graduate Admissions for more information at 866.380.5323 or by email at gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu.

Gonzaga’s M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a one-of-a-kind program that prepares students for a career as an ESL teacher or language specialist. This on-campus program provides students with hands-on teaching experience. TESOL students have the opportunity
to teach ESL courses for the Spokane community while being mentored by expert faculty. This degree can be used to teach English abroad, research language acquisition, pursue a degree in higher education, and study international communication. The program takes place on Gonzaga campus and typically takes 2 years to complete. TESOL students are not only eligible for scholarships but
graduate assistantships where they work alongside faculty on research and related projects. Financial aid is also available.

If you are interested call an Admissions Counselor at 509-313-6227 or send us an email at gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu


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.

A Member of the Graduate Theological Union

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 https://www.luc.edu/magis/ or contact Lee Hubbell, 312-915-7049 or lhubbel@luc.edu.

Awarded to incoming students based on their commitment to public service, their demonstrated academic abilities, and their potential for leadership. Community service work will be defined broadly to include employment, advocacy, and/or volunteer activities, both in government and non-government arenas; including (but not limited to) those who participated in Americorps, City Corps, City Year, Peace Corps, VISTA, Teach for America, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, or completed active military duty. A minimum of one year of service is required.

$5,000 for the first year of law school 

For more information visit https://www.luc.edu/law/admission/tuition-financial-aid/jd-programs/types-of-aid/index.cfm

At the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM), one full-tuition graduate assistant scholarship is available for an eligible FJV to pursue a Master of Pastoral Studies or Master of Religious Education. This can be on campus in New Orleans or fully online. The scholarship recipient would be responsible for university fees and working up to 5 hours a week as a graduate assistant. For questions or to apply for the FJV scholarship, please contact LIM Director, Tracey Lamont, Ph.D. at tlamont@loyno.edu

For more information, please see http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/programs-study

Are you, or someone you know, interested in pursuing your Master’s degree while deepening your commitment to social justice? Applications for the Trinity Fellows program are now open and due January 15, 2023! Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master’s degree in one of fourteen fields of study.

Why apply to be a Fellow?

  • Leadership development for social and economic justice
  • Professional work placement at a nonprofit
  • Master’s degree in one of fifteen disciplines
  • Be a part of a co-learning cohort
  • Receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend

Eligibility Requirements for Trinity Fellows Program

  • Applicant must meet the admission requirements of the Marquette University graduate program of choice.
  • Completion of the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps/JVC Northwest, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or other comparable full-time service commitment OR 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA recipient of the United States.

Learn More

  • Visit our website, www.marquette.edu/trinity-fellows/ which includes information on the program model, eligibility, and benefits.
  • Contact Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Assistant Director, at alisha.klapps@marquette.edu to present and speak directly with prospective students. Or to setup a one-on-one meeting.

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 visit https://nativityworcester.org/about/fellows/

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/.

The 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. 

O’Hare fellows spend 11 months working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events. O’Hare fellows enjoy a rich personal and professional experience through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities. Fellows meet regularly with America’s editorial staff, including James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America and a New York Times best-selling author, in order to cultivate their skills and professional networks.

Find more info on our website

Regis University’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) is an innovative degree that contributes to the sustainability of our planet and to the health and well-being of communities in the U.S. and overseas. Classes use virtual-visual conferencing to bring students from around the world together to discover truly global solutions to development challenges.
Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will demand integrated policy and practice with attention to the lived realities of communities around the world. If you’re ready to meet this challenge, the Regis MDP program offers a holistic approach to development practice for those committed to social justice.
Classes are taught in 8-week terms. Students can attend class either in person in Denver, CO or as part of a live online video conference environment from anywhere in the world. The MDP program can be completed in 2-3 years of part-time study, and program starts are offered once a year in late August. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until August 12. Interested applicants can get in touch with Development Practice Program Director Nina Miller, PhD (she/her) at nmiller004@regis.edu. Learn more.

A Mission-Driven MBA. Each year, the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University seeks applicants to the Ignatian Service Fellowship, available to students admitted to the One-Year MBA program who display a passion and commitment to service and social action.

St. Louis, home to a vibrant nonprofit sector, was named one of the Top 10 Cities for Giving in 2019 by Fidelity Charitable, a 501(c)(3) public charity and one of the nation’s top grantmakers. SLU’s campus in the heart of the city offers abundant opportunities for students to make connections with nearby nonprofits and small businesses. 

As part of the Fellowship, students receive a $20,000 scholarship, a guaranteed internship with the Service Leadership program or Habitat for Neighborhood Business, and ultimately, an opportunity to affect positive change with a world-class MBA.  

Hear how our alumni combined their passion with our mission >>

Looking for a part-time MBA program? Scholarships are also available to our Professional MBA Program. Learn more here >>>

The Graduate Program (M.A.) in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University seeks to transform hearts and lives through the engagement of theology and ministry for competence, conscience and compassion in accompanying others.  Our courses and programs are offered fully online and/or in-person if you are geographically proximate. 

Students can create their own specialization or take one of our prearranged emphases:

  • MA in Pastoral Ministries with an emphasis in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy
  • MA in Pastoral Ministries with an emphasis in Latina/o Ministries
  • MA in Pastoral Ministries with an emphasis in Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  • MA in Pastoral Ministries with an emphasis in Life Long Faith Formation
  • We also offer a fully online Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy.

All of our courses are rooted in the Jesuit charism of ministry to others to build a more just and equitable world. Theological reflection is a key thread running throughout the courses in our program.

Other program opportunities provide courses for deacon candidates and students interested in taking just one or several courses but not seeking a degree. 

We also offer internships with stipends; ongoing education workshops and classes and events focused on important aspects of pastoral ministries.  These are offered through our Markey Center for Leadership and Ministry currently in development

We are happy to provide Former Jesuit Volunteers with 75-100% scholarships.  We also have several scholarship and award programs supporting women in ministry provided by a generous donor. 

Please visit our website at www.scu.edu/pm or contact us for more information.

Joe Morris, Director (408) 554-2357 or jamorris@scu.edu

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.  

Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary invites applicants for a new program, Conversatio. Students admitted to Conversatio earn a Master of Divinity degree with a 100% tuition scholarship + free on-campus housing + a living stipend. While pursuing their M.Div., students work 8-12 hours a week in a local rural parish in areas such as youth ministry, liturgy, or faith formation. Interested candidates can request more information or contact the SOT directly at gradschool@csbsju.edu

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 (online) and full-time (in person) 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 can be found here. FJVs may contact Abigail, University Relations Manager, with any questions at abigail.fox@sit.edu. 

In the Jesuit tradition, your studies at Spring Hill College will give you more than an education. You’ll have a rewarding experience that will shape your leadership skills and commitment to serving others, all with the support of our community for your growth and development.

We offer flexible, affordable and accessible degree options that fit your life. Our online courses are designed with adult learners in mind and are delivered in a convenient format. When you graduate with a Spring Hill College degree, you will be prepared to make a positive impact in your workplace, your community and the world. Spring Hill College offers a 10% tuition discount across their online undergraduate and graduate degree programs for JVC Northwest alumni and staff.

For more information, visit their website today

We are looking for faith-filled young adults who are feel called to ministry and interested in sharing their faith by ministering to college students while pursuing a Masters in Theology or Pastoral Ministry.

The University of Dayton Campus Ministry GA Program is a holistic lay ministry formation program that uniquely prepares graduates for lay ministry, especially campus, youth, and young adult ministry. Alums of our program have gone on to serve not only in campus ministry, but also in parish ministry, music ministry, Catholic schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and more.

Our graduate assistants work alongside seasoned campus ministers as they form their own ministerial identity and approach. GAs serve undergraduate students by journeying with them to cultivate faith, foster spiritual growth, and form Christian leaders through spiritual mentoring and discipleship, leading small groups, facilitating retreats, planning worship, coordinating service and justice initiatives, and more. Positions for the upcoming year will be comprised of unique portfolios that include combinations of the following: Residence Life Ministry, Retreats, Liturgy, Service and Justice, and Vocational Discernment ministries.  Tuition, stipend, and housing are provided.  Application and information here or from Kelly Adamson, 937-229-2574.  Applications due February 1.

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 https://theology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/mdiv/Following a pre-application process, the application deadline is January.

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.

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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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Where Are the JVC Northwest Recruiters Going Next?

Check out our upcoming recruitment events below. Don’t see your school or town on the list? Reach out to us at recruiter@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know you’d like us to pay your town a visit! 

Notre Dame | Info Session: Discerning Post Graduate Service | 6:30 PM | COffee House in Geddes Hall

Marquette | Info session (1-2) office hours (2-4) | Career Services Center – Seminar Room