University of Pennsylvania Honored With National Award for General Community Service

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422February 11, 2008

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania is one of three schools nationwide selected to receive the Presidential Award for General Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The others are Otterbein College in Ohio and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The award will be presented today at the annual conference of the American Council on Education in San Diego. Ira Harkavy, director of Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and David Grossman, director of Penn’s Civic House, along with Penn undergraduate Blanchard Diavua, will accept the award.

The Presidential Award for General Community Service recognizes the range of community service programs at Penn, including the:

• School of Nursing’s Living Independently for Elders.
• Fox Leadership Program’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
• Penn in the Gulf program of the schools of Social Policy and Practice and of Nursing.
• Penn in Botswana, a program of the Medical, Nursing, Wharton and Annenberg schools.
• Summer Mentorship Program for High School Youth.
• Civic House’s West Philadelphia Tutoring Project.
• Netter Center’s Community Schools, Moelis Access Science, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative and College and Career Pathways programs.

Additional information on the Corporation for National and Community Service is available at