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Johnson C. Smith University Makes the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll‏

Charlotte, N.C. (March 18, 2013) -- Johnson C. Smith University is among more than 600 institutions across the nation honored in 2013 by The Corporation for National and Community Service  and the U.S. Department of Education for improving their communities through community service and service learning.

Johnson C. Smith University was admitted to the Honor Roll for 1,135 of its students completing 21,831 hours of community service during the 2011-2012 academic year on programs such as Soul of the Northwest Corridor Initiative and others promoting learning for kids. 

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.

“Community service is highly encouraged at our university,” said Sherrill Hampton, director for applied leadership and community development. She said a major part of community engagement focuses on revitalizing Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor which covers more than 34 historic neighborhoods. “Our university has taken a leadership role in the revitalizing efforts by implementing the Soul of the Northwest Corridor Initiative, a new community planning model patterned after the Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community Project,” said Hampton.

Another community service project at JCSU promotes learning for children of various age groups through tutoring, parent advocacy and mentoring. Special services offered include a Saturday academy, a tutoring program for children in grades three to five, writing workshops for high school students and a West Charlotte High School mentoring program.

“We congratulate the awardees and the students for their dedication to service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “These institutions have inspired students and faculty alike to roll up their sleeves and work alongside members of the community to solve problems and improve their neighbors’ lives.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, has awarded a total of 690 higher education institutions to the Honor Roll, 113 of that total have received recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 7 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit

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 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and  

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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