Nazareth Named Finalist by President's Community Service Honor Roll

Nazareth College is proud to announce that for the first time ever, it received national recognition as a Finalist in the Presidential Award category of the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Each year since its inception in 2006, Nazareth has been named to this prestigious Honor Roll, twice making the "with distinction" category. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition for engaging in service with its community that a college can receive. Nazareth College was recognized for its overall commitment to civic engagement, especially in the innovation in early childhood education category.

“It is a great honor for Nazareth to be named as one of only 14 Finalists out of nearly 700 schools in the country for the Presidential Awards," said Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “I am so proud of the great work our students, faculty, staff and community partners are doing every day. Nazareth College has been, and will always be, deeply committed to service and engaging with our community.”

The Honor Roll recognizes Nazareth’s dedication to early childhood education through its work with School #36, Hope Hall and the Teacher Opportunity Corps program. School #36 and Hope Hall are just two of the 15 sites that make up the Partners for Learning and Partners for Serving programs. Teacher Opportunity Corps lies within the School of Education.

Combined, these programs engaged:

  • 68 Nazareth students who served 8,162 hours of service with 545 youth in area urban schools
  • 18 Nazareth Faculty and Staff who supported these programs and whose time totaled 4,620 hours

Approximately 90 percent of Nazareth undergraduates participate in community service while they are students.

  • 2,898 students out of our 3,258 full-time enrolled students are engaged in community service
  • Last year, Nazareth students devoted 588,267 hours of service to the community
  • $12.6M *dollar value of community service

*The estimated dollar value of volunteer time for 2010 is $21.36 per hour according to the Independent Sector.

Nazareth’s many distinctive civic engagement initiatives helped the College be recognized as a finalist and earn a spot on the selective honor roll. Some of the numerous programs at Nazareth include: Orientation Day of Service; Alternative Spring Break trips; Partners for Learning, an innovative tutoring and mentoring program that engages more than one hundred Nazareth students in partnerships with children, teachers, and staff of seven urban education sites; and Partners for Serving, a unique program that empowers Nazareth students to serve their community while helping to pay for their college tuition. Nazareth also has a strong academic service learning program on campus as well as numerous placements in the community for students studying education, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, creative arts therapy (including art, music and play therapy), social work, and more.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Nazareth students spend spring break at the Mountain Institute in West Virginia

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Nazareth students spend spring break at the Mountain Institute in West Virginia.