By John Holland, The Modesto Bee, February 11, 2020
Some students will be able to help pay for college through public service, thanks to a pilot program the state launched Monday. Three universities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley are among the eight involved statewide.
About 250 students will take part in the rollout of the Civic Action Fellowship during the 2020-21 academic year. It builds on community service that many students already do as part of their coursework.
In Turlock, for example, students at California State University, Stanislaus, have mentored at-risk teens, helped residents with tax returns and served lunches to homeless people, among other tasks. It has not yet determined how to deploy the 47 students who apply successfully for the new program, which will provide up to $10,000 for each of them.