Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS)

Grants and Awards

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the fourth consecutive year Berea College has been selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the honor roll since 2006, honored Berea College as a leader for supporting volunteer and service-learning activities and civic engagement. View the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,

Learn and Serve America Community-Based Research Innovation Grant

From 2007-2009, CELTS received a Learn and Serve America innovation grant for “Energy and Empowerment in an Appalachian County,” an initiative to study energy needs and assets in Madison County.

The integrated three-year, community-based research project brought together multiple community partner organizations and multiple academic departments with their specific expertise. The collaborative and coalition-based approach helped to produce data focused toward the goals of improving financial security of low-income families in Madison County; benefiting the environment by reducing demand for coal-based electricity; and empowering community members to become actively involved in transforming the policies, infrastructure, assumptions and behaviors that drive energy use in Kentucky today.

Learn more about the work that was done through the Learn and Serve America Community-Based Research Innovation Grant.


Learn and Serve America Consortium Grant

From 2003 through 2006 CELTS and Berea College participated in a three-year Learn and Serve America Consortium Grant, entitled “Institutionalizing Service-Learning: Empowering Stakeholders.”  Six colleges and universities across the country participated in the consortium, which was led by and funded through Tulane University’s Office of Service-Learning. The grant facilitated the development of several of our most dynamic service-learning programs, including the Faculty Seminars in Service-Learning and Service-Learning Support Grants. Through annual site visits and meetings at Tulane, the grant provided assistance in strategic planning and assessment, as well as valuable opportunities for networking and sharing ideas with the representatives of the other member institutions.

Recognition for Outstanding Service-Learning Program

Berea College was  recognized by US News and World Report as a college with one of most outstanding programs in Service-Learning in the nation.

Berea College received Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

Berea College was recognized with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is given to a select number of colleges and universities that are closely engaged with their communities through curricular engagement, outreach and partnerships. On behalf of the College, CELTS led the application process for this honor, and our students’ work in community service and community engagement was key in receiving the award.

Learn and Serve America Grant Funds Community Partner Service-Learning Seminar

CELTS received a Learn and Serve America Grant through Kentucky Campus Compact, which provided funding for the first Berea College Community Partner Seminar in Service-Learning. The seminar took place in June 2009, and six community leaders representing a diverse range of community organizations participated.

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