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Rhodes Named a Presidential Award Finalist for Community Service

Publication Date: 3/13/2012

Rhodes College has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as a Presidential Award Finalist. Only 14 institutions of higher education in the country were selected as finalists. Honorees were announced at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting on March 12 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Since 2006, the Honor Roll has been administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Selection is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of a college’s commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation.

More than 80 percent of Rhodes students participate in service, with many choosing Rhodes because of the college’s strong support for connecting the lessons of the classroom to the community. Twice, the college has been ranked number one on Newsweek’s “Most Service-Oriented” list of schools.

The Bonner Center for Faith and Service on campus includes several community service groups. One such group is the Kinney Program whose coordinators recruit, support and motivate peers to meet community needs in areas such as education, the environment, and homelessness.

In addition, the Rhodes Learning Corridor illustrates the comprehensive nature of the Rhodes commitment to community renewal by working with neighborhood associations, residents, schools, businesses and nonprofits.

Fellowships are a distinctive feature of the liberal arts at Rhodes that help students contextualize academic study and immerse themselves in the community. St. Jude Summer Plus Fellows, Mike Curb Fellows, Regional Studies Fellows, Summer Service Fellows, Bonner Scholars and CODA (The Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts) Fellows are just some of the opportunities Rhodes offers.

Within the next year, many of these programs and initiatives will be gathered under one umbrella on campus called the Memphis Center to ensure that the college continues to contribute to the greater community.

For a full list of the Community Service Honor Roll, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

 This Rhodes volunteer helps to spruce up a nearby Memphis neighborhood.



Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. It aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world

Tags: Campus Life, Honors, President, Service, Students


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Susan Olson March 16, 2012

You could not have used a better person than this young lady, Elizabeth Ross.

She truly exemplifies the spirit of community service and giving to others.

Outstanding young woman.