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SU Designation as Scholars in Service Site Supports Governor’s Quality of Life Efforts

September 5, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Susquehanna University has been named a host campus for the administration of the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program. The program is a statewide initiative directed by PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service. The first of its kind in the Commonwealth, the program provides a concerted statewide outreach effort to build quality service programs, enhance campus and community collaborations, and offer Pennsylvania college students the opportunity to serve others.

“We are very pleased to partner with PennSERVE and peer institutions across the Commonwealth in this valuable community service endeavor. Susquehanna's tradition of service dates back to the university's founding nearly 150 years ago and remains an important part of our institutional mission. Our students, faculty and staff serve freely and serve often within the community. The Scholars in Service program is another way for us to engage in this important work,” said President L. Jay Lemons.

The program was developed as part of Governor Edward G. Rendell's commitment to improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania through education, and by enhancing the ability to attract and retain dedicated, young, bright talent to our communities. While the program may address a multitude of locally-identified needs, its primary emphasis is on improving the academic achievement of pre-school, elementary and secondary students, and expanding college access to more Pennsylvanians.

Susquehanna will host four Scholars in Service this year. They are expected to focus their service efforts in areas of education, disaster relief, relationship building with senior citizens and animal shelter support. In return for their 450 hours of service, they will receive AmeriCorps Education Awards in the amount of $1,250 to defray the cost of their college expenses or student loans.

“By rewarding service-minded students with education awards, the Scholars in Service program fosters the success of two generations of students – those currently in college and those younger students who, without this additional support, could only aspire to one day attend an institution of higher education,” Lemons says.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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