Educational Partners

Georgian Court University: GCU now offers a Mercy Spirituality Online GCU Certificate. The fee for this program is now $300 a course as GCU’s contribution to the Mercy Community. The application can be viewed here.

Boston College: Boston College offers graduate degrees in the School of Theology and Ministry at a discount of 75% for individuals who have completed a volunteer year.  The program incorporates the theology learned in classrooms intertwined with the students’ personal faith journey. Scholarships are also available. For more information please visit: or email your MVC Community Coordinator for an informational packet!

Canisus College: Canisius College offers every accepted graduate student, who completed a year of service, a 20% tuition discount. The Jesuit Mission Grant is available to any student who: has completed a full year of full time service, in an established volunteer service organization; approval of length of service and organization will be determined by Canisius College; students must be accepted into a graduate program of study at Canisius. If you would like to request more information or the application materials, you can contact Canisius College Graduate Admissions at:

Fordham University: All CVN alums who are admitted to one of Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) programs receive a 40% tuition reduction. For more information about their programs and how to apply, visit, email, or call 718-817-4800.

Villanova University: The Campus Ministry Graduate Internship trains young adults to serve the Church through a rigorous and integrated program of theological and ministerial education and formation. It combines a masters degree in Theology (or another discipline) with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Our Campus Ministry Interns (CMIs) live in first-year or second-year residence halls and develop opportunities for undergraduate students to grow holistically through participation in liturgy, service, social justice work, retreats and shared reflection. Benefits include full tuition reimbursement, a stipend, and housing in a residence hall. For more information about benefits or to apply please visit their information page. Questions can be emailed to John Edwards, Director of the pastoral ministry program: The application deadline for 2017-2018 is February 1, 2017. 

University of Dayton: Graduate Assistantships are available. This two year program allows graduate students to gain campus ministry experience (20 hours/week) while pursuing a Master of Theology or Pastoral Ministry. Four Campus Ministry positions are available within Residence Life Ministry and Liturgy. GAs build faith community and offer undergraduates the opportunity to grow personally and spiritually through planning engaging spiritual programs rooted in faith, directing retreats, planning worship services, coordinating faith formation, and providing pastoral support. Tuition, stipend, and housing are provided. Download an application on our website or direct inquiries to Kelly Adamson at 937.229.2574.  Applications are due February 1.

University of St. Thomas: The University of St. Thomas School of Law offers a guaranteed 20% renewable three-year scholarship to any admitted applicant to their law school who has completed or is scheduled to complete a service commitment with a volunteer program. Service scholars are also eligible for additional dean’s scholarship awards ranging from 20% to 80%. No additional scholarship application is required for the Service Scholarship award, but an applicant must include with his or her application a statement of service indicating his or her service period. For more information please visit:

Gonzaga School of Law and the Thomas More Scholarship Program: The TM Scholarship program is a full-tuition scholarship for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, public interest, or social justice issues. Scholars are awarded full tuition so that they may pursue careers in public service unencumbered by substantial law school debt. All scholars must complete a significant amount of pro bono public service legal work for which they receive no academic credit or compensation. The focus of this work will be determined by the goals of each scholar. For more information, please visit:

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine: All Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni are associates of a Saint Joseph’s College education partner; you receive an application fee waiver and a 10% discount on tuition.

University of Notre Dame: Master’s in Peace Studies: The Kroc Institute for Peace Studies accepts approximately 20 students per year from around the globe. It is part of their mission to fully fund each student they accept with tuition and a living stipend.

Marquette University: Trinity Fellow Program: A graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master’s degree in one of fourteen fields of study.

Eastern Mennonite University: EMU offers a 12.5% tuition discount to voluntary service workers with two or more years of experience who have decided they want to turn their service work into a career. They are able to enroll in one of their two master’s degree programs (Conflict Transformation or Restorative Justice) or in one of their graduate certificate programs. Half of their Fall 2017 incoming cohort qualified for this discount. Please contact for more information.

Mount Aloysius College is a small, private, liberal arts college located in the west-central PA town of Cresson. Their focus is on small class sizes and individual attention, creating a learning environment that breeds success and prepares students for a professional career immediately upon graduation. The Office of Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions offers a 10% tuition discount to Mercy Volunteer Corp alumni enrolled part-time in the online Business Administration program or hybrid Information Technology program, as well as all students enrolled (full- or part-time) in the MBA or Master of Community Counseling program.

Misericordia University offers a 5% tuition discount for all Mercy Volunteer Corp alumni who enroll in their Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or Masters in Organizational Management. Please visit their website for more information regarding programs.

Mount Mercy University offers a 10% tuition discount for all Mercy Volunteer Corp alumni who enroll in their accelerated face-to-face, online, graduate and doctoral programs. The 5 and 10-week course schedules along with evening classes allow for you to maintain a job and still pursue your degree all while completing the program. Please contact Tyler Poldervaart at 319.640.3895 with any questions that you have or visit their website.

Gwynedd Mercy University offers alumni of Mercy Volunteer Corps registered in any online Master’s program 10% tuition discount (online graduate programs offered include Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Business). If interested, please contact John Brennan, Director of Partnership Development,

The Catholic University of Americaextends a 25% tuition reduction to alumni of the Mercy Volunteer Corps to the following: Master’s (M.A. and M.Div.) or Licentiate (S.T.L.) students admitted to the School of Theology and Religious Studies, and Master of Arts (M.A.) or Licentiate (Ph.L.) students admitted to the School of Philosophy. Students would need to be accepted into the program first, and after acceptance, would need to contact the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. J. Steven Brown, at 202-319-5247. This will apply to up to 5 MVC alumni at any given time, each enrolled in a graduate program of the School of Theology and Religious Studies or the School of Philosophy.

Catholic Volunteer Network: As members of CVN, all MVC alumni are able to utilize the discounts provided to CVN programs. A complete list of graduate study programs that offer discounts and educational opportunities to alumni of service programs can be found on Catholic Volunteer Network’s website.