What is the YMCA Professional Studies Program?
The YMCA Professional Studies Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the YMCA with an integrated approach to the following:
- Leadership and Professional Development
- YMCA Conferences
- AYP Membership & Conferences
- Volunteer Service
- YMCA Club
- YMCA Career Exploration
- YMCA International Studies Program
- Career Placement
- Summer Positions
- Internship Placement Support
- Full-time Careers
- Summer Positions
Why is the Springfield College YMCA Professional Studies Program unique?
Founded in 1885, Springfield College was established to educate YMCA professionals, and we carry great pride in continuing that tradition today through the YMCA Professional Studies Program. Over the years, hundreds of YMCA professionals have attended Springfield College. Today, the partnership between the YMCA and Springfield is stronger than ever.
What are the financial assistance/scholarship opportunities for students who enroll in YMCA Professional Studies Program?
More than 75 percent of Springfield College undergraduate students are eligible for financial assistance in the form of need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. Here are a few opportunities for students to consider:
- Financial aid for YMCA Professional Studies students: Students enrolled in the YMCA Professional Studies program and who are eligible for financial aid, may receive ‘YMCA designated funds’ in their financial aid packages, not accessible to non-YMCA students. These funds are disbursed by the Financial Aid Office.
- Matching Scholarship Fund: The ‘hometown’ YMCA provides tuition support that is matched dollar for dollar by Springfield College for any amount up to $5,000. For more details, please see the YMCA Relations page on our website, www.springfieldcollege.edu.
- Scholarship opportunities for professional YMCA conferences: The Office of YMCA Relations provides financial support and facilitates scholarship opportunities for student involvement at major regional and national YMCA events, such as the Association of YMCA Professionals Conference (AYP), YMCA Program EXPO and Campus YMCA Partnership (CYP) Conference
- On-campus jobs: The Office of Financial Aid coordinates part-time, on-campus job opportunities. A wide variety of positions are available in departments throughout the campus. Available positions are posted by the Career Center. The student is responsible for securing employment through Financial Aid
- Off-campus jobs: The YMCA of Greater Springfield is an additional outlet for students seeking employment opportunities. A full posting of the current vacancies can be found on their Web site, www.springfieldy.org
- Handy Prize: A $1,000 award given annually to a student who demonstrates a deep commitment to the YMCA programs at Springfield College through active engagement and a strong academic record
Springfield College and the YMCARead how the past, present, and future of Springfield College and the YMCA are entwined in the October 2009 issue of Perspective, the Journal of the Association of YMCA Professionals.
Springfield College Dedicates Stitzer YMCA CenterSpringfield College dedicated the Stitzer YMCA Center before an audience of YMCA leaders from around the world. Read the full story.
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On behalf of the YMCA office staff, welcome to Springfield College! It is our desire and privilege to help support your time at Springfield College as part of the YMCA Professional Studies Program. Let us help open the doors of opportunity to the exciting and meaningful world of the YMCA. Read more.