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The Mount Receives Top Honors for Community Service

honor rollEmmitsburg, Maryland - Mount St. Mary’s University is named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The award presented through the Corporation for National & Community Service awards colleges and universities for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

“We are grateful for the recognition and thankful for the Mount students, faculty and staff who volunteer their time, resources and hearts for our service efforts,” said President Thomas H. Powell. "Our students excel when using their gifts and talents, along with what they learn in the classroom, in service to others.”

Mount St. Mary’s University students completed 22,920 hours of community service, with over 3228 program participants in 183 different service and justice experiences.

This award highlights the Mount’s community projects and partnerships with local and national organizations and non-profits. Some of them include, Catholic Relief Services, SERRV Market, Special Olympics Maryland, Frederick County Rescue Mission, Silence of Mary Home, National Coalition for the Homeless, Emmitsburg Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, People’s Homesteading Group of Baltimore, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Frederick County and Frederick County Public Schools.

“The Mount continues to expand service and justice offerings for our students and for our local community; these events place our students in the community and are crucial for a student’s holistic educational experience,” said Director of the Office of Social Justice, Jeff Abel.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service—which administers the Honor Roll—named a total of 690 colleges and universities nationally for their impact on issues such as literacy, neighborhood revitalization, and support for at-risk youth. For a full list of recipients, visit

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