WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington State University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an annual recognition of colleges and universities that provide exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
 
The presidential honor roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It honors the nation’s leading institutions of higher education on behalf of President Obama, who has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher institutions, their students, staff and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation’s communities.
 
“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.
 
Recipients of the awards were honored in three categories:
 
• General Community Service, which considers the scope and quality of an institution’s community service, service-learning and civic engagement programs;
• Promise Neighborhoods Model, characterized by coordinated, wrap-around, youth-focused services that work together to support the educational and social needs of children; and
• Summer Learning, which provides a safe, healthy environment for academic enrichment during summer breaks to help students retain what they learned during the academic year.
 
“We salute all the honor roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” said Corvington.