Agnes Scott College has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students and faculty develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.
Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff actively participate in numerous community service projects in and around the Decatur community. Almost 70 percent of Agnes Scott students engage in community service.
“The majority of our incoming students list community service as their No. 1 extracurricular activity when they arrive on campus. We’re finding ways to keep them connected with that interest,” said the Rev. Kate Colussy-Estes, the Julia Thompson Smith Chaplain. “We’re delighted by the wealth of community service work being done by the campus community.”
A group of students work with the Strong Sistas group to mentor teen mothers and other at-risk female students at Decatur High School to keep these students engaged and confident at school. The college hosts a summer literacy camp for the Fugees, a group of refugee, male students aged 8 to 19 from more than 50 countries, including Sudan, Liberia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cuba, Bosnia and Iraq. Agnes Scott is also a partner in the Global Village School in Decatur, a full-day school for 30 refugee teenage girls.
Last fall, students lead a successful fundraiser, called Up Til Dawn, for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. A large group of students also participated in the MLK Day of Service at the college this year. The college hosts several inter-faith projects that gather students of all faiths for faith-based volunteer projects. This spring a number of students will participate in Lollie’s Spring Break during which they will spend a week working at the Asheville Youth Mission.
“Congratulations to Agnes Scott and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service. Each year, the corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition and other initiatives to spur college service.
The Corporation for National and Community Service 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 Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.