Nine University of Scranton Students Named Scholars in Service

December 22, 2011

Nine University of Scranton students have been recognized as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award honors students who have committed to complete 300 or 450 hours of individual service in the community during the academic year.

Scranton students receiving the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Award are: Robert Cermignano ’14 of Ardmore; Gina-Lou Desplantes ’13 of Port Jervis, N.Y.; Michelle Dougherty ’14 of Exton; Nora Henry ’14 of Quincy, Mass.; Kady Luchetti ’12 of Plains; Kendrick Monestime ’12 of West Orange, N.J.; Timothy Plamondon ’14 of Blue Bell; Alyssa Thorley ’13 of Bethlehem; and Michael Wiencek ’12 of Fleetwood.

This is the fourth consecutive year that University of Scranton students have been honored with this recognition.

In addition to each student working with one or two area nonprofit organizations throughout the year, the students also assist with numerous campus-wide service opportunities organized by the University’s Community Outreach Office that benefit area residents in need, including Safe Trick or Treat in the residence halls, the Thanksgiving food drive, and Christmas gift drives, among others.

The Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program is a statewide effort to build quality service programs, enhance relationships between college campuses and local communities, and offer Pennsylvania college students an opportunity to serve. Students who complete 300 or 450 hours of service receive an educational award from AmeriCorps at the end of their term.

Each year more than 2,850 University of Scranton students perform well over 170,000 service hours.

Click here to read a story about some of the projects the scholars worked on during the fall semester. The story was written by University of Scranton student correspondent Elizabeth Klassner ’12 and published in The

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