The holidays are a time when the spirit of kindness and generosity abound. So what better time to recognize your school for its year-round commitment to community service?
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll application submission deadline is Friday December 9, 2011. Here's how to apply.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- The General Community Service Presidential Awards will be presented to three institutions that reflect the best practices of community service and service-learning, such as long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of their service.
- The Special Focus Area Presidential Awards will be presented to three institutions that best demonstrate success in the key areas of the President's service and education plan:
- Work in the Promise Neighborhoods model is designed to improve educational and developmental outcomes for all children in the nation's most distressed communities, and transform those communities by improving education outcomes. Institutions of higher education submitting applications in this category are those that work with community partners to develop wrap-around, youth-focused services that are designed to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children in their communities.
- Exemplifying and advancing the innovation in early childhood education partnerships is intended to improve educational outcomes for young children (birth through 3rd grade) by enhancing the quality of early learning programs for high-need students. Colleges or universities submitting applications in this category must use innovative practices and strategies to improve young children's school readiness.
- Service that supports summer learning helps reduce the academic achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth by providing education services during the critical summer months. Effective summer learning programs can improve academic outcomes for youth, lead to higher graduation rates, and better prepare students for college. Institutions of higher education submitting applications in this category are engaged in opportunities for youth to participate in high quality summer learning programs.