September 12, 2008

Bentley College and City Year Launch New Model for National Service: ‘Give a Year’ Partnership Provides Service Opportunity for Students


Contact: Michele Walsh of Bentley College, +1-781-891-2070, [email protected]; or Alison Franklin of City Year, +1-617-927- 2612, [email protected]

$1 Million in Scholarships to Unite Business Leadership and Civic Engagement

WALTHAM, Mass. and BOSTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bentley College, a leader in business education, and City Year, a leading nationwide youth service organization, join forces in a first of its kind partnership to encourage students to give a yearof national service through City Year and also receive scholarship support and internship opportunities with leading global organizations.

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This innovative model of collaboration between a higher education institution and community service organization sets the stage for service to become a more integral part of the college experience. The name of the partnership is derived from City Year's tagline: "give a year. change the world."

As part of the give a yearprogram, Bentley College will annually award up to ten $20,000 scholarships to Bentley National Service Scholars who participate in the program -- each of whom will also receive a $4,725 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of a year of full-time service, as well as a monthly stipend, health insurance and other benefits during the service program.

City Year CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown and Bentley College President Gloria Cordes Larson will announce the partnership at the ServiceNation Summit today in New York; the Summit launched last night with a Presidential Candidates Forum featuring Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. The Summit is co-chaired by Caroline Kennedy, Alma Powell (Chair of America's Promise Alliance), TIME's Richard Stengel, Vartan Gregorian (president of Carnegie Corporation of New York), and Bill Novelli (CEO of AARP.) It is underwritten by a grant from Carnegie Corporation and presented by TIME, AARP and Target.

Larson says of the partnership, "As 'service-learning' pioneers, our mission at Bentley is to prepare future business leaders with both the skills and the values needed to solve world problems. I can't think of a better way to accomplish that goal. We are putting resources into something we truly believe in -- $1 million in scholarships underscores that commitment."

Bentley National Service Scholars will join 1,650 City Year corps members in 18 locations across the United States and one in South Africa who change the world through full-time service as tutors, mentors, and role models making a difference in the lives of children.

"City Year's vision is that a year of service will become a civic rite of passage for all young adults," says Brown. "We are honored that Bentley is committed to creating this ground-breaking partnership that provides future leaders with both an excellent business education and an intensive civic leadership experience: corps members are given the opportunity to serve others, be leaders and transform lives. The marketplace is already demanding a higher level of corporate social responsibility--organizations are looking for the kind of leadership this partnership will foster."

Larson offers, "We want students to build professional skills balanced with a commitment to service and idealism. This is an enormous opportunity to develop transferable leadership skills that will prove to be valuable assets for their entire lives."

Interested students apply for admission to both Bentley and City Year. Bentley students can apply prior to the beginning of their fulltime undergraduate or graduate enrollment and, if chosen, can perform their year of service any time prior to their final year. City Year corps members can apply for a give a yearscholarship concurrently with their application to Bentley, either for the undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast and board member of City Year offers, "The young people who graduate jointly from Bentley and City Year will possess a unique combination of technical business skills, leadership qualities and service orientation. These are precisely the individuals Comcast seeks to attract and further develop into the future leaders of our company, and exactly the kind of 21st century business leaders that our nation needs."

"Major companies increasingly seek leaders who are visionary problem-solvers and who embrace social responsibility as a critical component of business strategy," said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor, author of America the Principled and Confidence, and City Year Trustee. "The innovative 'give a year' partnership between Bentley and City Year is a pathbreaking way to develop great leaders for the future. This powerful combination of higher education with an inspiring year of civic engagement and national service is sure to produce a talent pool of skilled business leaders who will be in high demand at America's leading companies."

"This has the potential to fundamentally change the way business sees its role in the world," says Larson. "I'm hoping that more colleges and universities will seize the opportunity to join us in this important effort to support national service. I believe we're at a tipping point--give a yearwill be a push in the right direction."

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BENTLEY is a leader in business education. Centered on education and research in business and related professions, Bentley blends the breadth and technological strength of a university with the values and student focus of a small college. Our undergraduate curriculum combines business study with a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. The McCallum Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and selected executive programs. Located minutes from Boston in Waltham, Mass., the school enrolls approximately 4,000 full-time undergraduate, 250 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,400 graduate, and 30 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), which benchmarks quality in management and business education.

CITY YEAR unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across the United States and in South Africa. For more information, please visit City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.

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