Community Work Study Programs

Students eligible for Federal Work Study funds through their financial aid packages are extended the unique opportunity to work in the Lewiston-Auburn community in community service positions while remaining on the Bates payroll.

Students working in community service positions are paid according to the Bates student pay scale. Students are encouraged to develop their own community work study positions with local non-profit agencies or apply for existing positions. A list of participating agencies is available at the Bates Harward Center for Community Partnerships and the Student Employment Office. Help with developing positions is available from the Harward Center’s staff.

Bates also participates in the America Reads Challenge, which seeks to ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of third grade. Through this program, work study eligible students can tutor children in a local elementary school as their work study job.

In addition to the community work study program during the academic year, Bates also runs a work study program in the summer which enables work study eligible students to receive pay for work in non-profit organizations throughout the United States.  Applications for this funding are due in mid-March.  More information is available at the Harward Center.

Since the funds available for this program are federally regulated and therefore limited, Bates reserves the right to decrease the number of available community work study positions, as well as deny approval to new positions.

Information about all community work study programs is available at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships (163 Wood Street).