Penn State Schuylkill earns place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. – Penn State Schuylkill was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

“Penn State Schuylkill has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Kelly M. Austin, chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and owe much of it to the students themselves. They are the energy driving our commitment and they are the ones who make it all happen.”

During the review period, Penn State Schuylkill students have cataloged three to four trail cleanups on the Schuylkill River Trail at the Landingville trail head. Students, faculty and staff rake, cut back brush and pick up litter along the trail. The cleanups were so successful, and the students so energized about their efforts, that the campus adopted this part of the trail and maintain it regularly each and every year for the enjoyment of the community. Another activity that the campus students were heavily involved with was THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. THON raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund to help children who are being treated for pediatric cancer at Hershey Medical Center. During the review period, Penn State Schuylkill students raised more than $30,000 for this most worthy endeavor.

“Congratulations to Penn State Schuylkill, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information about Penn State Schuylkill can be found at More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.


Last Updated March 15, 2013