Marywood University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Out of 780 applicants, Marywood was one of the 115 schools with distinction. This is the second consecutive year for Marywood University to be included on the Honor Roll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.
"Congratulations to Marywood University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
In the 2008-2009 academic year, there were 3,081 Marywood University students engaged in 66,575 hours of service. Over 800 students engaged in at least 20 hours of community service each semester.
Building on Marywood's core values, students have an array of opportunities to participate in service learning activities. For example, every November, Marywood students in conjunction with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During this week, students collect personal care items, participate in a hunger walk, host dinners, banquets, and campaigns, and sleep out in Downtown Scranton overnight. Marywood University also encourages students to participate in national and international service trip programs that serve communities in need including Guatemala, Africa, Philadelphia, and Camden, N.J. For a complete list of partners, please visit www.marywood.edu/campmin.
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.
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