Full-Circle Scholarship

You dedicated your time to give back to the world, now let us give back to you.

The Full-Circle Scholarship was created at the Seattle campus and offers a 25% tuition discount to graduate applicants who embody Northeastern University’s values of experiential and global learning. Students can use the scholarship at any  Northeastern campus.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be currently involved with or completed a term of service with one of the following groups.

  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps
  • Teach for America
  • If you have spent one year abroad volunteering or teaching English Language Learners (ELL), you could also be eligible.

Because you chose to do something different and embark on a service-driven path, you gained new skills and valuable knowledge, and returned inspired. The Full-Circle Scholarship is designed to make sure you can continue your journey and stay inspired. Northeastern’s industry-aligned graduate degree programs will help you translate the skills and knowledge you acquired into a career that matters.

New, incoming students are eligible to apply for the Full-Circle Scholarship. Currently enrolled students are not eligible at this time.

What can you study?

The scholarship applies to a diverse mix of graduate programs including fields such as government and civic engagement, leadership and management, education, healthcare, and technology. (Review the full list of eligible graduate degree programs.)

For those looking to break into the technology field, Northeastern’s Align Master of Science in Computer Science program is designed for you. The Align program provides a direct path to an MSCS for non-computer science majors without programming experience. With Northeastern University and the Full-Circle Scholarship, nothing is out of reach.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top-tier, nonprofit research university, grounded in experiential learning. We integrate academic coursework with professional work, research, service, and global learning opportunities in 128 countries. Eligible programs are available online and on-ground at Northeastern’s campus locations in Boston, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Charlotte, NC, and Toronto.

How much is the Full-Circle Scholarship?

The total scholarship amount will depend on the program you are interested in as costs vary by program, but the 25-percent tuition discount is applicable for the entire duration of your program. In addition, if you have other scholarships or education awards from organizations (ex: Segal AmeriCorps Education Award), you can apply those to your program costs as well.


  • AmeriCorps – complete term of service
  • Teach for America – complete term of service
  • Peace Corps – complete term of service, member of National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
  • English Language Learners (ELL) – 1 year of teaching experience abroad
  • Volunteer – 1 year volunteering abroad (dependent on experience)

Verification of Service: If you are a member of a Full-Circle group, please upload a letter from your director, supervisor or program manager on organizational letterhead verifying your service. If you are an Overseas ESL Teacher or Volunteer you may submit your contract showing your term of service. If you are a Return Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) we will verify your NPCA membership.

Request more information

By submitting the form, you will receive information from Northeastern University with details about our degree programs and certificates by email or receive a phone call from one of our enrollment coaches. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Why is Northeastern offering Full Circle?

There are over 100,000 Americans entering non-traditional experiences each year such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teaching ELL abroad. Not only do these people embody Northeastern’s values, but they bring unique experiences, skillsets, and passions that are valuable in both work and education. By providing these people with an opportunity to gain a graduate degree through the Full-Circle Scholarship, Northeastern University is helping them complete what is often the most difficult part of the journey: the transition to life back home.

Additional questions?

Email seattle@northeastern.edu to learn more and discuss opportunities available with the Full-Circle Scholarship.

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