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National honor roll recognizes Messiah students’ exemplary service efforts

February 10th, 2009

Messiah once again earned a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for service-learning and civic engagement commitments.

Almost 92% of Messiah College’s student body participates in some form of local community service while they are enrolled at Messiah, according to the College’s Agape Center for Service and Learning. Yearly, students log more than 124,000 volunteer hours.

“A culture and ethic of service and community engagement exists at Messiah College,” says President Kim S. Phipps about Messiah’s placement on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. “This recognition highlights the impact of the College’s mission to “prepare students for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation.’” More than 400 students participate in local community service programs that occur each week.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

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