Community Service Across the University Contributes to Presidential Award

Academics Overview

Emory University's 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service -- the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement – is a reflection of the breadth and depth of engaged scholarship, service and civic engagement across the university. 

In 2008, Emory students completed nearly 150,000 hours of service with more than 200 community partners on projects related to poverty, homelessness, chronic disease, medical services and environmental conservation throughout Atlanta and beyond.

The programs and activities specifically cited in Emory's award include:

Project SHINE

Volunteer Emory 

Service-learning classes

The Michael C. Carlos Museum

HEARMe  (Health Education via Airwaves for/by Refugees)

Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program

Contextual Education at the Candler School of Theology

Health STAT

  • Health STAT, a statewide, student-run nonprofit launched by Emory medical students

Rollins-teer Service Learning Program Rollins School of Public Health

Public Interest and Pro Bono Law effort of EEmory Law School

Research Internships and Science Education (RISE) in the Department of Biology

Outreach and Community Partnerships – K-12 Partnerships

Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE), of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Campus Life

Emory University Preparatory Research Education Program (PREP) of the Emory Center for Science Education, Emory College

More Service and Engagement at Emory

Other highlights of service and engagement at Emory include:

  • A full third of all students across Emory’s nine schools took part in academic service learning.
  • More than 80 percent of Emory seniors reported serving as volunteers while in college.
  • In metro-Atlanta and statewide, Emory programs, mentors and tutors enrich the learning of K-12 students in more than 120 public schools, with a particular emphasis on science education.
  • Ninety-two percent of Oxford College students engage in community service, contributing nearly 10,000 hours of service in just one year.
  • Nearly all students in nursing and theology are required to complete community-based service work as part of their degree program.