What is Washburn VISTA Fellows?

Washburn VISTA Fellows will be assigned to a non-profit agency to expand the capacity of the partner organization and enhance the partner's ability to provide poverty-related services. Washburn VISTA Fellows will focus on one of three areas:

Economic Opportunity

  • Improve economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people
  • Help economically disadvantaged people, including youth to have improved access to service that enhances financial literacy
  • Improve employability leading to increased success in becoming employed


  • Improve student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)
  • Improve educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Prepare economically disadvantaged students for success in post-secondary educational institutions

Healthy Futures

  • Reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse     

VISTA Member Activities

VISTA LogoVISTA member activities may include: Recruit Volunteers, build volunteer management, leadership, and training systems; Market programs and activities; Create community partnerships; Grant write and fundraise; Develop new programs and /or Evaluate program impact and success.

VISTA members do not: Provide Direct Services; Perform administrative duties; Proselytize or lobby; Work internationally; Supervise employees or volunteers; or Replace staff members. 

  • Get the satisfaction of helping others while gaining experience, skills, friends and contacts.
  • Receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits.
  • Receive either a $6095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1800 post-service stipend.

Call Dr. Rick Ellis at 785.670.1950

Visit the LinC Office in Benton Hall, Rm 206

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