Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Willamette students created the Tiger Club to mentor and tutor local elementary students.Willamette students created the Tiger Club to mentor and tutor local elementary students.

Willamette earns high recognition in national community service honor roll

Willamette is one of five colleges and universities nationwide to be named a special focus area finalist in the 2010 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — the second highest tier of recognition.

Only 11 out of 851 colleges and universities were named finalists in the honor roll, which recognizes schools for their commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Six institutions earned the Presidential Award, the highest honor possible, which Willamette received in 2009.

The special focus area recognition is in honor of Willamette’s work improving the educational and developmental outcomes of children in distressed communities, and transforming those communities by improving education outcomes.

Willamette has many programs devoted to this area, including Willamette Academy, which provides underrepresented middle- and high-school students with support and educational activities to help them be the first in their families to attend college; and Tiger Club, an in-class and after-school mentoring program Willamette students created at nearby Bush Elementary School.

Willamette students, faculty and staff dedicated 149,400 hours to service during the 2009–10 academic year. These hours provided more than 2,500 youth in the community with tutoring and mentoring, prepared hundreds of pounds of food for distribution to hungry families in the area, and equipped hundreds of Willamette students for lifetimes of service.

The honor roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs; and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Learn more about service at Willamette through the Office of Community Service Learning.