For the 2017-2018 service year, Lasallian Volunteers (LV) have been awarded $100,000 to assist with student loan payments after the completion of a successful year as a Lasallian Volunteer. As a means to address low recruitment numbers since the loss of AmeriCorps, which previously awarded educational grants to volunteers at the completion of a service year, funding has been made available to increase student loan support to those interested in serving as an LV.
The St. Solomon Fund is named in honor of St. Solomon Le Clercq, FSC, and the work he did for the Lasallian mission during his time. St. Solomon, a martyr of the French Revolution, was canonized October 16, 2016. He was the first Brother of the Christian Schools to be martyred, and the first to be beatified. This fund enables Lasallian Volunteers to recruit qualified post-graduate students who are interested in serving the Lasallian mission and exploring their vocation as an educator while living in community.
Lasallian Volunteers will offer an educational grant to those who complete a full year of service during the 2017-2018 service year. Volunteers who complete a year of service successfully will be eligible to apply for and receive an educational grant in the amount of up to $2,000:
- Upon successful completion of their LV service year, an LV will receive an educational grant.
- An LV must provide a letter from lender showing student loan debt. The fund will be used to pay existing student loans.
- Requests to receive this educational grant must be received by the LV office by May 1, 2018.