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give a year Partnership: Eastern Michigan University graduate programs


City Year is proud to partner with Eastern Michigan University College of Education, one of the nation's premier colleges of education, offering 25% tuition scholarships.

NOTE: This partnership is under review and scholarship may no longer be available.


Founded in 1849 as the first "normal school" west of the Alleghenies, Eastern Michigan University is one of America’s largest producers of educational personnel. The College of Education at EMU provides outstanding leadership in education. Our graduates are highly sought by school districts and other employers. Our alums have achieved much recognition and positions of prominence. The College offers a comprehensive range of programs—bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees (many with online and off-campus options)—and extensive non-degree and certification experiences. All professional education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Over 30 programs have national recognition.

Benefits offered by Eastern University College of Education

Scholarship Amount

25% off tuition

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually

up to 2*

Application Fee Waiver

No (but application fee added to value of scholarship if student enrolls)

Enrollment Deferral

One-year deferral

* Two total scholarships will be awarded each year with flexibility to allocate these scholarship slots between undergraduate and graduate programs. Click here for more information about the give a year Partnership with EMU College of Education graduate programs.

Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 25% Tuition Scholarship towards graduate programs.  The scholarship award will be equal to 25% off tuition for up to two (2) City Year corps members, alumni or staff per year.  Note: The two scholarship slots are allocated with flexibility each year between undergrad and graduate programs.

  • Scholarships renewable in subsequent years of the program up to 3 years.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year corps members or alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • The application fee ($25) is not waived but if a City Year member is accepted and enrolls in a program the cost of the application fee will be added to the value of the scholarship. 
  • A one year deferral for City Year members admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve with City Year before starting their studies.

  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards based on the strength of the application.

Eligible Master's Programs

The College of Education offers dozens of graduate degree programs in teacher education, special education and leadership and counseling. Click on link below to review the complete list of programs offered within each category:


To Apply

  • Application deadlines vary. Click here to view admissions requirements and deadlines.


To Identify and Verify your City Year Affiliation

  • Please contact the Admissions Office (below) to be considered for the give a year scholarship. Please state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership. Please also self-identify on your resume and/or application materials.

  • A verification letter must be submitted to be considered for the scholarship. Please send an email to Amanda Smidt, City Year's National Manager of Alumni & Career Services, at with "EMU College of Education grad programs: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the Admissions Office and added to applicant file.

To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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