Students earn President's Volunteer Service Award

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the contributions volunteers are making in their communities. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to honor Americans who inspire others to engage in volunteer service. 

This year, 18 OLLU students have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This honor is awarded to those who have completed at least 100 hours of service within a year. Last fall, 18 students were recognized for their service and during the 2009-2010 academic year, 15 students received the award. In addition, the University has been recognized nationally on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to community service.

The award is given at the bronze, silver and gold levels. The bronze medal is awarded to those who complete 100-174 hours of service and the silver medal is awarded to those who complete at least 175 hours of service. Recipients received a medal, a personalized Certificate of Achievement, a letter from the President of the United States and a letter from the President’s Council.

Silver Medal winners include:

Ernethia Carter-Abernathy – 257 service hours 
Chloe Wolfe – 178.50 service hours

Bronze Medal winners include:

Roland Aleman – 113.50 service hours 
Marika Azocar – 114.25 service hours
Sonia Bernal – 107.50 service hours 
Grace Chavez – 120.25 service hours 
Veronica Garay – 117.25 service hours 
Melinda Garcia – 110.25 service hours 
Jesus Garza – 112 service hours 
Erika Gonzales – 100 service hours 
Jeffrey Huber – 163.25 service hours 
Helene Kinville – 103.50 service hours 
Amy Lopez – 122.25 service hours 
Stephanie Paz – 145.50 service hours 
Cesar Rodriguez – 106 service hours 
Kimberly Rodriguez – 100.75 service hours 
Veronica Rodriguez – 104.75 service hours 
David Romo – 100.25 service hours   

Ernethia Carter-Abernathy, Jeffrey Huber, Kimberly Rodriguez, Veronica Rodriguez and David Romo are receiving the honor for the second consecutive year.

To earn the President's Volunteer Service Award, a student must complete at least 100 community service hours approved by the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism (CSLV) between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.

To get hours tracked by the CSLV, a student must submit a Request for Project Service Approval. Once the project has been approved by the CSLV, the student should enter the hours into the tracking database. The CSLV will track all approved projects for all students who are or are not working toward the award.