San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to be named as a recipient of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll distinguishes institutions as leaders in community service and service learning that achieve measurable impacts in the community. UIW is one of 23 institutions recognized in Texas.
The submission process included reference to UIW’s 45-hour service graduation requirement, annual Meet the Mission project and the new Center for Civic Leadership. Also highlighted were long-time UIW commitments including the VITA program which began in 1984, the annual Golden Harvest Food Drive which began in 1985 and the Refugee Resettlement Program.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006. A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.
“Across the nation, in the communities in which HUD works, I’ve seen many students who have committed themselves to assisting individuals and strengthening neighborhoods,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. “HUD congratulates these institutions and is honored to be part of this effort that recognizes colleges and their students for putting the common good before personal gain.”
CNCS manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.
CONTACT: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of the Incarnate Word is a private liberal arts university with over 130 years of tradition educating diverse populations throughout the world within the context of faith. UIW is the largest Catholic University in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. Nearly 80 degrees are offered to the over 9000 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships between students and professors. Committed to offering students a global experience, UIW continues to develop internationally and boasts a presence in China, Mexico and Germany as well as in San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. UIW is a leader in international education, with over 100 “sister schools” in 37 countries. UIW is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Through the agency’s Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program, CNCS gives education institutions access to tens of thousands of AmeriCorps alumni with millions of dollars in Segal Education Awards for tuitions and fees. For more information, visit http://www.NationalService.gov.