As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Marymount was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the University’s third consecutive year on the honor roll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities (out of 851 that applied) for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. 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 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.
During the 2009-10 academic year, more than 900 Marymount University students gave over 17,000 hours of service in the local community and farther afield. Local projects ranged from weekly tutoring of children, mentoring at-risk youth, working with seniors, and conducting food and fund-raising drives to science fair judging at area schools by biology students, health care outreach by nursing and physical therapy students, and tax assistance and paralegal services by business students. MU students also do service work abroad. Examples include teaching in Porbandar, India, and providing physical therapy to children in orphanages and residents of poor communities in Costa Rica.
Marymount President James E. Bundschuh stated, “Consonant with our mission, Marymount encourages and supports students’ volunteer efforts. Every year, I am impressed by the extent to which our students willingly share their time and talents, and develop new ways to assist those in need. Their volunteer work continues after graduation, too, for it has become an integral part of their lives.”
Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS, noted, "As the class of 2011 crosses the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their community and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions."
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit the National Service Honor Roll
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov
CNCS is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 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, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.