Wittenberg joins 126 other schools in receiving the prestigious recognition. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. The Community Service Honor Roll also awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In total, 528 schools were recognized. Click here for a full list.
"Wittenberg has a long-standing tradition of community service," Wittenberg Director of Community Service Kristen Collier said. "We are proud to receive this recognition and believe it is a true reflection of the impact our students have made in serving the community."
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovativeness 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.
Wittenberg continues to enhance its community outreach efforts with students, faculty and staff members contributing thousands of hours each year to service projects and activities both in its hometown of Springfield and throughout the world. University organizations have made service trips to Nicaragua, Lesotho, Guatemala and numerous locations within the United States in recent years. Wittenberg students are also leaders in efforts to address challenges faced by the local community related to poverty, education, affordable housing, economic development and health care.
"College students like those at Wittenberg are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment and creativity," said David Eisner, chief executive officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service. "They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses."
The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The organization administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. Click here for more information.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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