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University of Rochester Warner School of Education

City Year is proud to partner with the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, a leading graduate school and premier research university focused on developing leaders in education and human development, offering annual 25% tuition scholarships.

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

25% scholarships

The scholarship award will be equal to 25% of tuition for up to 10 City Year applicants per year. The scholarship will apply to qualifying master’s programs and is renewable annually. All awardees must meet the Warner School’s admission criteria.

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

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

Eligible programs

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: a one-year deferral for students admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve with City Year before starting their study with the Warner School.

Why City Year loves the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education

The University of Rochester has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. One of the world’s leading research universities, Rochester has a long tradition of breaking boundaries—always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning. Rochester transforms ideas into enterprises that create value and make the world ever better.

The Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development strives to provide teachers, administrators, counselors and researchers with the tools to be agents of change. Its graduates are equipped to be exceptional at what they do and make a difference in their chosen fields of study.

The Warner School believes that education can transform lives and make the world more just and humane. Its purpose is integral to the University of Rochester’s mission of Meliora: to make the world Ever Better. This vision informs the Warner School’s teaching, research and service as it strives to:

  • PREPARE practitioners and researchers who are knowledgeable, reflective, skilled and caring educators, who can make a difference in individual lives as well as their fields and who are leaders and agents of change;
  • GENERATE and disseminate knowledge leading to new understandings of education and human development, on which more effective educational policies and practices can be grounded and
  • COLLABORATE across disciplines, professions and constituencies to promote change that can significantly improve education and support positive human development.

Its diverse work in each of these domains is informed by the following underlying beliefs: the improvement of education is in pursuit of social justice; development and learning shape and are shaped by the contexts in which they occur; the complexity of educational problems requires an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach and best practices are grounded in research and theory, just as useful theory and research are informed by practice.

To apply

Visit the Warner School’s admissions website for more information and apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please contact Emily McGuire, Director of Admissions and student services, at (585) 275-2888 or to identify yourself as a City Year applicant.

Please also self-identify on your résumé or essay, including your service site and AmeriCorps graduation month and year.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with “University of Rochester Warner School” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your AmeriCorps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the admissions office and added to your applicant file.

To contact the admissions office

Please call (585) 275-2888 or email Emily McGuire at with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums 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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