VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its continued efforts in community engagement and service. The award, given by the Corporation for National & Community Service, honored Villanova in the category of General Community Service for 2015. It is the highest commendation a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement.
“Service is an integral part of the Villanova experience and goes beyond simply donating one’s time and talents to help those less fortunate,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “At Villanova, it is engrained in every aspect of student life, from academics to athletics, and instills in our students the importance of giving back in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.”
Villanova has received this honor every year since 2007. University efforts recognized for the 2015 honor include:
- Service Break Experiences offered by the Center for Service and Social Justice in the Campus Ministry Office
- The Engineering Service Learning Program
- Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law clinic, a joint project of the Charles Widger School of Law and the School of Nursing.
Each year, Villanovans contribute more than 250,000 hours of service in communities all around the world, highlighted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service and the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world.
The Corporation for National & Community Service has administered the Honor Roll Award in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Council on Education, Campus Compact and the Interfaith Youth Core since 2006 to recognize higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.