Want to get to college, or professional opportunities?
Here is a list of ways to get there, without joining the military.
More than 80,000 Americans serve through AmeriCorps in programs such as disaster relief, environmental protection, and combating homelessness and hunger. For the full-year residency program, members are given a living allowance; housing; meals; limited medical benefits; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
Bellingham Technical College
BTC has 300 scholarships worth $300,000 they awarded to students in 2017. They have degrees in industrial technology, to nursing, to the culinary arts. BTC graduates have a job placement rate of 77%.
City Year Program
City Year takes young people from all over the country for a year of service helping at-risk students stay in school and succeed through tutoring and mentorship. At the end of your City Year service year, you will be eligible for an education award of $5,815 through AmeriCorps.
Volunteer for two years and travel around the world improving lives in the fields of Education, Health, Youth & Community Development, Business Development, the Environment… and recieve student loan assistance, a "readjustment" allowance of $7,425 (pre-tax) upon completion of service, Language, cross-cultural, and technical training a monthly living and housing allowance, Full medical and dental coverage, and 48 paid vacation days.
Student Conservation Association
Members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states. With Conservation Internships, Ages 18+ Expense-paid, year-round conservation internships. Members receive AmeriCorps Education awards when available.
Whatcom Community College
Each year, the WCC Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to WCC students. Flexible tuition plans offered. They have associates degrees in the arts and sciences that transfer, as well as professional technical degrees in things like accounting, physical therapy, and computer information systems.
Washington Conservation Corps
Get hands on experience trail building, restoration plantings, and biological monitoring from the peaks of the Olympic Mountains to the fields of Eastern Washington. Members earn $11.50/hour and receive a $5,815 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of one year of service.