Learning in the Community (LinC)

Washburn VISTA Fellows

What is a Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow?

Washburn VISTA Fellows will be assigned to a non-profit agency to expand the capacity of the partner organization and enhance the partner's ability to provide poverty-related services.

Washburn VISTA Fellows will focus on one of three areas:

Economic Opportunity

  • Improve economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people
  • Help economically disadvantaged people, including youth to have improved access to service that enhances financial literacy
  • Improve employability leading to increased success in becoming employed


  • Improve student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)
  • Improve educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Prepare economically disadvantaged students for success in post-secondary educational institutions

Healthy Futures

  • Reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse     

VISTA Member Activities:

Sample VISTA member activities include: Recruit Volunteers, build volunteer management, leadership, and training systems; Market programs and activities; Create community partnerships; Grant write and fundraise; Develop new programs and /or Evaluate program impact and success.

VISTA members do not: Provide Direct Services; Perform administrative duties; Proselytize or lobby; Work internationally; Supervise employees or volunteers; or Replace staff members. 

Why be a Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow?

  • Get the satisfaction of helping others while gaining experience, skills, friends and contacts.
  • Receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits.
  • Receive either a $5815 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1500 post-service stipend.

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How do I become a Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow?

To find out more about the Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program

Call (785) 670 1950 for Dr. Rick Ellis or visit the LinC Office 405 Benton Hall Washburn University Topeka, KS.