TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — Governor Laura Kelly’s office says over $800,000 has been awarded to organizations in Kansas to help support the AmeriCorps Vista Program.

Participants in AmeriCorps Vista serve full-time for one full year at community organizations like non-profits, faith-based organizations, colleges, universities, or local government agencies, focusing on anti-poverty projects. In exchange, participants are eligible for a scholarship that can be used to help pay for college, vocational training, or towards a student loan balance.

“I’m pleased to see AmeriCorps programs receiving these resources to further the important work they’re doing to address poverty in communities across Kansas,” says Governor Kelly in a news release.

The funds will be going to three institutions in Kansas:

  • $595,229 will go to Washburn University in Topeka
  • $158,130 will go to Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education Corp in Riley
  • $67,770 will go to Goodwill Industries of Kansas in Wichita

For more information about the AmeriCorps Vista program, click here.