One of the Midlands own educational institutions will receive national recognition for its community based academic programs. Benedict College is among six US colleges and universities that will be honored with the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award during The Washington Center's annual awards luncheon October 3 at the National Press Club.
"Benedict College is a genuine role model for civic engagement in the academic community," said Dr. David Swinton, President and CEO. He stated, and I quote, "The college is educating students with a quality that can't be learned in the classroom alone, the importance of getting involved, giving back and making a difference."
According to their press release, Benedict College has a strong history of civic engagement. Through its Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program, students participate in a large variety of community-based activities including an afterschool enrichment program for children, a safe Halloween event called Kids Scared Straight, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in which students in the business school prepare the tax returns of 200 low-income community members.