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City Year Partners with Simmons College in Support of Community Service

BOSTON (August 16, 2011) — In an effort to boost support for community service engagement, Simmons College recently signed a new "give a year" Partnership with City Year, a leading national youth service organization. The partnership will provide City Year members, alumni, and staff with scholarships to attend one of Simmons's five graduate schools. Simmons/City Year National Service scholars will enter Simmons beginning in 2012.

The tuition discounts will be offered to City Year members, alumni, and staff enrolled as full-time students at Simmons. Members or alumni who have successfully completed at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years also are eligible to apply to the scholarship program. Simmons offers graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, education and liberal arts, library and information science, social work, and business management.

Simmons President Helen Drinan, praised the new program saying, "it highlights the shared visions of both organizations related to our collective investment in community."

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 which partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, their teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate. The program has graduated more than 15,000 alumni; served more than 1.2 million children; completed more than 26 million hours of service; and generated more than $66 million in education scholarships for City Year graduates.

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, education and liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.

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