St. John Fisher College Receives National Recognition for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored St. John Fisher College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. St. John Fisher was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service, and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, recognized a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award. Twelve of the colleges recognized with distinction are in New York State. This is the fifth year that St. John Fisher has been recognized for the Honor Roll, and the second year with distinction.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. "Congratulations to St. John Fisher College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."
Service has always played an integral role at St. John Fisher College, encouraging the formation of student-run clubs and organizations including Students With A Vision (SWAV), Colleges Against Cancer, Teddi Committee, and more. The College also offers two service-learning scholarship programs, First Generation and Service Scholars, both of which have a service and leadership component.
The First Generation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential, and whose parents did not graduate from a post-secondary institution. The scholars participate in academic tutoring, mentoring, and leadership programs in the broader community, working with younger students, promoting and encouraging them to enroll in college. They also participate in service opportunities on campus.
The Service Scholars Program is designed to allow students to continue their involvement in community service while earning a college degree. This program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who demonstrate an ongoing interest in serving the needs of others through a commitment to community service.
Since both programs' inception, the college has graduated over 500 scholars, partnering with over 100 Rochester-area sites and volunteering 328,804 hours.
St. John Fisher College's service-learning initiative has gained a lot of momentum in the past few years, with more and more service-learning courses offered each semester. During the 2009-10 academic year, 382 students participated in one or more courses taught by 22 faculty members, and served 515 hours.
"It is an honor for the College to be recognized for service to the Rochester community," said Dr. Donald Bain, President of St. John Fisher College. "We are dedicated to our mission of helping men and women build lives, create careers, and serve the community. We take great pride in our alumni and their commitment to service that is central to the spirit of the College."
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.
For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit the CNCS website.