MACON – Mercer University was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on Monday. This is the University's second consecutive year on the Honor Roll, in addition to being selected in 2006 and 2008.
The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
A total of 766 institutions were honored for their work in one of four categories – general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education. Mercer was recognized for its efforts in general community service.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges. As a result of such work, more students are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in their communities.
CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award since 2006 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, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core.
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.
More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov/HonorRoll.
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.