Award recognizes community serviceSPARTANBURG, S.C.
– Wofford College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Wofford is one of 115 institutions to be named on the Honor Roll with Distinction list, of the more than 700 institutions recognized.
Wofford’s recognition is based on its strong service learning programs, including components in foreign languages, psychology, English, biology and computer science and various Interim projects. Wofford’s ONE organization, whose efforts toward awareness of global poverty and disease led to the college being named the top ONE campus in the country last year, also contributed to the recognition.
“It’s an honor to be included on the President’s Honor Roll, but to be included ‘with distinction’ confirms that our commitment to sustained civic engagement and social justice is strong and thriving,” says Jessalyn Wynn Story, director of service learning and Bonner Scholars.
“ONE at Wofford, and the longevity and strength of our Bonner Scholars program and other co-curricular groups, helped in maintaining this recognition,” she says, noting that Wofford has been on the Honor Roll for several years and was on the “with distinction” list for 2008. The Bonner Scholarship provides deserving students with financial access to a Wofford education while providing them with opportunities, resources and skills to serve.
Wofford’s student-conceived and led Math Academy at Cleveland Elementary School, which focuses on youth who are at risk or might become at risk for dropping out of school, and the La U y Tu program, which focuses on working with children from the ARCH Ministries program in Arcadia, S.C., also are highlights of the campus service learning program.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.
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.
A full list of recipients is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.