Sally Vaughan, Director of Community Service
Deborah VanderBilt (English), Academic Program Director
Faculty Advisors: J. Jason Berman (Management), David Pate (Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences), Jill Swiencicki (English)
The Service Scholars Program offers students an opportunity for service in the context of service learning. We partner with individuals with a clear need and in communities where resources to provide services are scarce. The program encourages person-to-person interaction with the goal of empathizing with and getting to know the poor and needy, appreciating who they are and what they need and do, and serving their needs within our ability. Service learning is supported in the classroom through ongoing, connected, challenging, and contextual reflection.
Our aim at the end of the Service Scholars Program is that students will have developed a pattern of living for their future—a pattern of service and giving not only of time but of self.
In 2012, the College was once again named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing institutions of higher education that support exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. This is the sixth year in a row that the program has received this recognition.
In 2002, the Service Scholars Program won the President’s Community Volunteer Award—the nation’s highest honor for volunteering.