Maryville College receives Presidential Community Service Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Maryville College has 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 joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

“I am pleased that, once again, Maryville College students have been recognized on the Presidential Honor Roll for all their hard work to better our community. I am continually inspired by our students’ willingness to serve and their passion for social justice,” said Preston Fields, director of volunteer services.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

According to Fields, Maryville College students serve more than 2,000 hours a week during the school year with the large majority of those hours served in Blount County.

The College’s Volunteer Services Program also has a strong reputation for international service, with students currently serving in Thailand and Northern Ireland and a group of 15 preparing to work in an orphanage this summer in Tijuana, Mexico, and two preparing to leave for Ghana, West Africa, to teach English.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. 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 oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

For a full list of Honor Roll recipients, visit

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