University Students Earn Service Awards


         Six University of Scranton students have been recognized as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania for 2010-2011. The award honors students who have committed to complete 300 hours of individual service in the community during the academic year. This is the third consecutive year that University of Scranton students have been honored with this award.

         Each student scholar chooses one or two area nonprofit organizations where they will perform the majority of their service pledge throughout the year. This year, the students will volunteer at Allied Services, Scranton Primary Health Care, Cancertacular, Clarks Summit Fire Company, West Side Senior Center, Infant Care at Covenant Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s/St. Claire’s Food Pantry. The students also assist with other service opportunities, including several campus-wide initiatives, organized by the University’s Community Outreach Office, that benefit area residents in need, such as EFFORT (a food recovery program), Safe Trick or Treat in the residence halls and the Thanksgiving food drive, 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 the opportunity to serve. Students who complete the 300 hours of service receive AmeriCorps Education award and a partial educational award at the end of their term.

         Scranton students receiving the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Award are: Kathleen Callahan, a senior majoring in counseling and human services from West Babylon, N.Y.; Sarah Cil, a junior majoring in exercise science from Fairfield, N.J.; Lauren DelleDonne, a sophomore majoring in nursing from Colts Neck, N.J.; Kelly Evans, a junior majoring in nursing from Noxen; David Hopp, a junior majoring in exercise science from Jarrettsville, Md.; and Katherine Juliano, a sophomore majoring in nursing from Warwick, N.Y.

         The University of Scranton has been nationally recognized for its service efforts.

         The University of Scranton was ranked 14th among the nation’s 50 leading service-oriented Master’s Universities in the September/October 2010 issue of Washington Monthly. Scranton is among the just 119 colleges in the nation earning the highly-selective 2008 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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

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