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College Students Volunteer in Service Saturdays

Milligan College LogoHelping out in their community is a great way for college students to pass some time. At my school, we have one day each year that is dedicated solely to community service and students do various tasks, such as clean up parks and help the elderly. However, I am not so sure if I would be willing to give up a Saturday morning in order to do this. Luckily, there were almost 100 students from Milligan College who took on the challenge during the school’s first Service Saturday in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Nikki Plaza is one of the students who helped out during the first Service Saturday. Plaza’s job was to repaint a building that needed a new coat of paint. While she was painting, Plaza received some encouragement from a member of the community.

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Harvard Students Provide Homeless Shelter for Community

Prestigious Harvard University not only boasts some of the U.S.’s most elite lawyers, doctors and business people, but Harvard students who want to serve their community can also be added to the list.

The prestigious school provides the only student-ran homeless shelter in the country.

“When I got on campus, I saw a really strong juxtaposition between the wealth, prestige and power of the university compared with the plight of so many people in the square,” said Jonathan Warsh, a senior from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and co-administrative director for the shelter. “It’s too easy to get trapped in the ivory tower.”

The shelter, which opened its doors to the homeless in 1983, serves the community every night from Nov. 15 to April 15. The shelter is located at University Lutheran Church. The church is not affiliated with Harvard, and it rents out the space to the university for a small fee.

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Volunteer to Improve Your Community

salvation armyThe holiday season is a great time to help make a difference in your community. More people volunteer during this time of the year than during any other time. So why not jump on that bandwagon?

There are many ways you can improve the lives of members of your community. And of course, if you like volunteering during the holiday season, some of these nice practices can be continued throughout the year.

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Top Best Neighbor Colleges Revealed

Community Service was one of the factors used to determine the "Best Neighbors" schools

Community Service was one of the factors used to determine the "Best Neighbors" schools

Colleges can have a big impact on the lives of citizens who live in the cities where their college is located. Sometimes this can be a bad thing. Imagine a small town trying to accommodate the 10,000 students who attend its college: traffic jams, more litter, crowded public places, etc.

Fortunately, the opposite can also be true. The presence of a college in a town can be very beneficial. Colleges can revitalize an area, increase community service volunteering, and serve as a cultural renewal.

A recent survey conducted by Westfield State College identified the Top 25 “Best Neighbor” Colleges and Universities in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »



Money for College for Volunteers Under New Obama Service Bill

A priority of President Barack Obama‘s administration has been community service, and he is very near making that campaign promise a reality. Obama is set to sign a bill Tuesday that will triple the size of AmeriCorps, giving the service organization $5.7 billion through 2017.americorps

This bill will increase opportunities for people to be more involved and help within their communities. Obama has suggested that he’d like to make college costs more affordable, in exchange for service. During the campaign Michael Dannenberger of the New America Foundation said “Obama’s message to families is, ‘We’ll give you more financial aid to help you with college costs, but your kids are going to have to help others.’”

In an article at EDUinReview.com last year, we mentioned Obama’s community service plan for students: Read the rest of this entry »



Wordless Wednesday: Obama’s Promote Community Service

President Obama says community service is key to affordable college tuition.



How to Apply for a College Scholarship

How to Apply for a College Scholarship

College isn’t getting any cheaper. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could have some – or all – of your school costs paid by someone else? College scholarships aren’t just handed out to anyone. They’re reserved for a special few. If you think you will pass muster, you need to know the best ways to apply, so you can take part in higher learning on someone else’s dime.

Look Early, Look Often – You should take the carpet bomb approach to your scholarship search. Start the search early, and don’t leave any stone unturned. Doing so will give you the ability to investigate as many opportunities as possible, and avoid missing early deadlines. That said, you don’t want to apply for every scholarship you find. There are only so many hours in the day, and a finite amount of scholarships that fit your profile. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Prepare for College During High School

How to Prepare for College During High School

Moving on to college after high school is one of the biggest changes in a student’s life. So it’s never too early to prepare for it, even if you’re just a freshman in high school. graduate

The early bird gets the worm, and the school of your choice. Don’t wait until your senior year to get the ball rolling. Research prospective schools, their entrance tests, and financial aid options sooner than later.

Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you. And even if you’re interested in schools that aren’t in your backyard, you can check a campus through cyberspace. Visit the websites of schools that you’re interested in. You can also attend college fairs to meet admission representatives and obtain course catalogs. It’s a great way to speak face-to-face with the people who know best. But if at all possible, visit campuses in person to get a firsthand experience of the schools’ culture. Read the rest of this entry »



Ludacris Invites Indiana Students to Inauguration

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Indiana students got a surprise guest last fall. Rapper Ludacris spoke before the school and announced that any 9th grader with a 3.0 GPA, and who has completed 20 hours of community service, would have the opportunity to attend the inauguration in person. The inauguration is peaking interest in the political process in ways these teachers say they haven’t seen since the 1960s.



Obama Wants to Help College Students; McCain Says Students on Their Own

The two candidates couldn’t differ more on any hot-button issue you toss in front of them. Their positions on supporting American college students is also quite the contrast, as are their individual college experiences. Obama attended Columbia and Harvard, and only recently paid off his student loan debt; McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy, which was free.

Amongst a crashing economy where college tuition support is harder to come by, and college tuition is skyrocketing faster than inflation, one candidate is in favor of the government lending support to college students, while the other thinks that you should cram in a night job between an 18-hour class schedule- plus labs and study groups. While they agree that college tuition isn’t affordable to most Americans and that the process to attain that aid is convuluted- the similarities part there.

McCain’s message when it comes to increased tuition is, ‘You’re on your own,’” says Michael Dannenberg, senior fellow with the New America Foundation and not a member of Obama’s campaign. “Obama’s message to families is, ‘We’ll give you more financial aid to help you with college costs, but your kids are going to have to help others.'”

Obama’s plan is more detailed than McCains, albeit with a larger price tag. His position is that it’s the government’s job to support college students persuing a degree. He’s not giving it away- in exchange for 100 hours of community service each year, the government will offer students a $4,000 tax break. McCain has put focus on making the financial aid system more efficient, but does not intend to increase its breadth. He wants parents to be more informed and says more money can be available if we eliminate wasteful spending. Read the rest of this entry »





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