Seven University of Scranton Students Named Scholars in Service


Seven University of Scranton students have been recognized as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania for the 2012-2013 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 who have received the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Award are: Raquel Biondi ’14, an occupational therapy major from Somerset, N.J.; Brian Dolan ’15, a nursing major from Pearl River, N.Y.; Kelly Judge ’14, a middle school education major from Scranton; Deanna Lindberg ’14, a psychology major from Bridgewater, N.J.; Victoria McAllister ’14, an early and primary childhood education major from Jamison; Anna Phelan ’14, an early childhood education major from Milford, Conn.; and Matthew Tarantino ’15, a media and information technology major from Westfield, N.J.

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

Each scholar volunteers primarily with one or two area nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Some of this year’s service sites include the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten, St. Joseph’s Center and Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania.

In addition, the students assist with numerous campus-wide service opportunities, which are organized by the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice and often benefit area residents in need.

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

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

Click here to read a story about some of the projects on which the scholars worked during the fall semester. The story was written by University of Scranton student correspondent Catherine Erbicella ’14 and published in The

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