For the third consecutive year, Emory & Henry College has been honored for its commitment to bettering communities by The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education.
Emory & Henry was admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its service to communities throughout Southwest Virginia. In 2010, Emory & Henry was first honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service when it was one of only six institutions nationwide to receive the President’s Award, the highest national recognition for service learning. Last year, Emory & Henry was recognized as one of 11 finalists for the President’s Award.
Emory & Henry is the only college or university to ever win the President’s Award and one of only a few institutions to win the award or be named a finalist in two consecutive years.
In addition to the President’s Award, the Corporation and the Department of Education recognize numerous institutions by naming them to its Honor Roll for community service.
“Emory & Henry seeks to transform the lives of students in part through the contributions they make to transforming communities,” said E&H President Rosalind Reichard. “We are proud to receive this continued recognition for service learning, which affirms the success of our commitment to a transformative education.”
In addition to the President’s Award, Emory & Henry has received other national recognition for its service learning. Newsweek Magazine ranks the College among the top 5 most service- minded colleges. USA Today has ranked the institution among the top 20 in a similar category.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award The students, faculty and staff of the institutions admitted to the 2012 Honor Roll have given a total of [Insert aggregates and total service hour increases] to communities across the United States. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2010, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 312 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.6 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $200 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.