Eligibility Requirements

 

Thank you for your interest in becoming an America Needs You Fellow! Please review the eligibility requirements below.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

a.  Neither of my parents/guardians have a bachelor’s degree (from any country)
b. I am a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or by the application deadline, eligible for full-time and off-campus internships, as well as paid employment opportunities in the United States
c.  I am a current freshman or plan to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in 2024 or later

  • If applying in New York you must attend a CUNY school
  • If attending community college, you must intend to transfer to a 4-year school (ANY provides transfer support)

d.  I am in the process of obtaining my first associate’s or bachelor’s degree
e.  I am available to attend regular Saturday workshops (workshops occur bi-weekly in Year 1 starting in July; monthly in Year 2)
f.  I am Pell Grant eligible or considered low-income by my state HUD

(Housing and Urban Development) guidelines (see below)

 

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

 

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8 Person

CALIFORNIA

48,800

55,750

62,700

69,700

75,250

80,850

86,400

92,000

ILLINOIS

47,100

53,800

60,550

67,300

72,650

78,050

83,450

88,800

NEW JERSEY

54,950

62,800

70,650

78,500

84,800

91,050

97,350

103,600

NEW YORK

47,650

54,450

61,250

68,100

73,550

78,950

84,400

89,850

We are searching for ambitious, goal-oriented college students. In selecting our Fellow class, we will consider the following:

Performance
Applicants must have a strong academic record, reflecting a commitment to hard work and excellence. We require Fellows to maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time in the program.

Leadership
Applicants must demonstrate leadership and a commitment to communities in need through work experience, campus organizations, athletics or other extracurricular activities.

Ambition
Applicants must possess a passion for reaching their potential, and must have a vision for how the Fellows Program can help them achieve their professional goals. The Fellows Program is open to students from all disciplines and interests.

ANY considers applicants first-generation college students if neither of their parents has completed a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. or any country. Applicants’ parents could have received an associate’s degree, but nothing greater. Also, the applicant cannot have already earned a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or from another country. If you believe you have a special circumstance, please email applications@americaneedsyou.org or complete the optional essay to explain.

We stand with Dreamers and believe that America needs you. You are eligible to apply to our program if you currently (at the time of submitting an application) have work authorization. If DACA authorization is revoked or expires after applying to our program, you can still participate if accepted, and we will support your career development in every way we can.

For information on low-income limits, visit this link https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2020/select_Geography.odn select your home state, and then select View State Calculations and reference the bottom box (LIL).

America Needs You will not accept mailed application materials under any circumstances.