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Volunteering For College Tuition Program


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Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College will each provide 50 new tuition waivers, with each one (1) tuition waiver good for three (3) undergraduate credit-hours at either institution. Volunteers will have one year from the date they submit the volunteer application to complete 100+ volunteer hours.

In addition to receiving a tuition waiver, research shows volunteering is a win-win activity with numerous benefits including:

• More engagement with your community

• Increased physical activity

• Lower risk of depression

• Improvements in memory

• Less overall decline in health due to aging

• New and reinvigorated friendships

Youngstown area community members 60 and older  who volunteer 100+ hours at one or more of the following volunteer organizations will earn one (1) tuition waiver to Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College. 


• Inspiring Minds

• Project MORE

• United Way Success By 6

• United Way Success After 6

• United Way Imagination Library

*Please note standard background checks may be required to volunteer at these organizations.


The volunteer can choose to use the tuition waiver toward his or her own education, or gift the tuition waiver to a currently enrolled college or high school student. Students must be enrolled or plan to enroll in the college or university within five years of the waiver being earned. A student would be permitted to receive a waiver from more than one volunteer. However, the student cannot utilize more than two waivers per academic year.

The tuition waivers will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College. 



If you're interested in participating in the GIVE back. GO forward. program, please download, complete, and submit the following Volunteer Application:


For more information contact:

Mandie Maxwell
Communications Program Manager & Analyst