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We are excited to announce that the application to be chosen as one of two 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurial Award Winners is now open! Apply by August 31st (deadline updated). Check out more on the AmeriCorps Alums website

Eli Segal has been described as the "father of AmeriCorps.” He served as the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and under his leadership AmeriCorps was created.  To honor Eli, and build upon his legacy, AmeriCorps Alums gives this award annually to recognize the achievement and potential of an outstanding alum whose work, after completing his or her service in AmeriCorps, demonstrates entrepreneurial vision and leadership to make this a better world. The award winner gains lifetime membership into the illustrious Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program (described below), is recognized at a special award ceremony, and receives a cash prize of $5,000 to be used to continue their citizen leadership efforts and/or community initiative. The recipient is selected by a panel of judges that includes past Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award Winners, AmeriCorps Alums staff, and representatives of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.
Each year, the Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award honors one outstanding alum who embodies the essence of citizen service that Eli Segal proudly represented. The Eli J. Segal Award is the highest and most prestigious honor awarded by AmeriCorps Alums. Along with lifetime membership in the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program and the valuable recognition the award brings to the honoree's project or organization, the winner will also be honored at a special AmeriCorps Alums event, awarded a cash prize of $2,500.

Award Eligibility

Potential candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills while serving in AmeriCorps
  • Be a graduating Corps member in August 2016 or have less than three years post-AmeriCorps experience
  • Be able to attend the mandatory Segal Fellows Program Retreat, October 21st-23rd in Boston, MA.Travel and accommodations will be provided.
  • Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region
  • Members of under-represented populations (African American, Latino/a, and Native American) are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply or Nominate an Awardee (due by 8/31/2016)

Please submit the following to Ben Duda, co-Exectuive Director of AmeriCorps Alums, at

  • Self-nominees are invited to submit a resume and cover letter by August 31st to
    • In the cover letter, participants should address:
      • How AmeriCorps was a transformative experience for them,
      • Why they would benefit from the professional development resources of a fellowship, and
      • Why they believe that pursuing racial equity in the nonprofit sector is critical to making communities safer, stronger, and healthier
    • Applicants should provide contact information for two references, including one from a program staff or site supervisor form their AmeriCorps year  
  • Nominators (like Program Managers or Site Supervisors) are invited to nominate using the same protocol as above on behalf of your graduating Corps member or alum. Please also ensure your nominee can meet all requirements of the award and the Segal Fellows Leadership Program, including the trip to Boston in October.

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Past Winners
2002: Peter Murray (Center for Progressive Leadership)
2003-2005: No Winner
2006: David Breihan, Diana Epstein (Beyond NCCC);
Vernell Robinson (Intergenerational Community Unity Organization)
2007: Chris Myers Asch (U.S. Public Service Academy)
2008: Rhonda Ulmer (Van Bokkelen Family Network)
2009: Shawn Rubin (Longitude)
2010: Arianne McGinnis & Elliott McGann (Hope Grows Farm)
2011: No Winner
2012: Anita Yip (Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle) & Ryan Sarafolean (KGSA Foundation)
Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Recipients of the Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award become part of The Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, which was established after Eli’s death to inspire and support new generations of leaders to commit to a lifetime of contributing to the common good, and elevate citizen leadership as central to our democracy. The Program is housed at the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School at Brandeis University (Eli’s alma mater). Each AmeriCorps Alum selected as an Award Winner is welcomed into this Program as a Segal Fellow, joining other Fellows who are selected by the Corporation for National Service, City Year and Brandeis University. There are now over 87 Fellows participating in leadership development activities and a growing Network of Fellows who support each other’s success throughout their careers. The Network also includes more than 400 Founders who created the Program so that Eli’s legacy and confidence in the power of young people to change the world carries on. 
Benefits of the Award & Joining the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University

  • Be matched with a seasoned professional to act as your personal mentor throughout your fellowship year
  • Gain entrance to an inter-generational network and group of peers who share a similar mission-driven mindset for being engaged in the community and seeking unique, collaborative solutions for current societal problems
  • Explore the possibilities for future education at Brandeis University and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Be partnered with a near-peer "buddy" who will support your entrance into the program as a new Segal Fellow
  • Engage with the program's unique partners and incredible leaders across the country.
  • Expand your personal network of other service alums (nearly 50% of our Fellows completed a year or more of service)
  • Participate in a series of workshops and sessions that use the Segal Citizen Leadership curriculum focusing on developing and identifying your personal strengths, workstyle, trajectory and goals alongside a cohort of other new Segal Fellow AmeriCorps Alums in D.C. and Boston. 
*Please note, applicants must be available for a mandatory Orientation on Sunday, September 18th and our Annual Retreat from Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd. All expenses and lodging will be taken care of for both AmeriCorps Alums Award recipients. 

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