University of Richmond has been named to a national honor roll of colleges and universities with innovative community service programs that are committed to service learning and civic engagement.

“This award acknowledges the high value that the university places on supporting educationally meaningful opportunities for community engagement,” said Amy Howard, executive director of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

Honorees were chosen based on several factors including the scope and innovation of service programs, student participation, incentives for service, and the availability of academic service-learning courses. Three key programs helped Richmond earn the honor roll recognition – Build It, Bonner Scholars and Collegiate Disaster Relief Team.

Build It, the university’s largest civic-engagement initiative, develops long-term community partnerships that create experiential-learning opportunities for students while meeting critical needs in the community. The program is in its third year of partnership with Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Richmond also operates the nation’s largest Bonner Scholars Program, which offers scholarships to qualifying students who maintain high levels of community service. Richmond currently supports approximately 100 Bonner Scholars.

The third program considered was the Collegiate Disaster Relief Team, a student-run organization that coordinates non-credit service-learning trips. Students formed the organization following Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and have sponsored three trips to New Orleans during spring breaks.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that operates AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.