Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge

Posted by Aspen Institute on January 25, 2016

Franklin Project Invites Entries for Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge

The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation, the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is inviting applications from postsecondary education institutions for the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge.

Each college or university entrant will compete for a prize to support the planning and creation of new education-affiliated service year positions. The challenge seeks to promote innovative ideas related to the integration of learning and service during the college years.

Awards will be made in three categories — public, private, and community colleges — with each category winner receiving $30,000. Additionally, an Audience Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 prize.

To be eligible for the challenge, applicants must design a service-year program that will result in academic credit, meet Service Year exchange certification criteria, be designed for sustainability, have the support of the institution’s leadership, and provide a model for other similar postsecondary institutions.

The project will host a Q&A on January 28, February 16, and March 1, 2016. Registration is required.

For complete challenge guidelines, examples of service programs, and application instructions, see the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge website.


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