(THE 2012 APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED)
(THE 2012 APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED)
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. 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. 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. 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 $5,000.
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
Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
Recipients of the Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award become part of The Eli J. 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 45 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. For more information about this unique program, please click here.
Life in Pictures
A look at the incredible life and impact of Eli Segal through pictures. Click here to view
Other Segal Fellowships
From the website of Brandeis
Brandeis Fellows: Each fall the Segal Program selects between five and nine students from Brandeis University's undergraduate programs and from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Master’s in Public Policy candidates to become Segal Fellows. Applications for Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program Summer Fellowships are available online each fall. For more information, click here.
Center for Youth and Communities: Toni Schwarzenbach is the Director for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program and the Segal Management Fellow at the Center for Youth and Communities. Toni is responsible for managing the growing network of Segal Fellows and Founders. In her role as a Management Fellow she is responsible for working collaboratively on special projects with senior research staff at the Center for Youth and Communities.
City Year: Each spring City Year selects the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Corps Member of the Year Award winner. To learn more about City Year and its outstanding work click here.
Corporation for National & Community Service: In recognition of Eli Segal’s leadership and entrepreneurship, the Corporation’s Board of Directors created the Eli Segal Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is open to AmeriCorps alumni who have exceptional leadership, drive, and commitment who will help to advance the mission and strategic goals of the Corporation. Segal Fellows work closely with the CEO on projects that benefit the national service field. Fellows will carry out projects, advance their career development and gain a first-hand understanding of national service and the workings of a federal agency. To apply please click here.