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Simmons College Receives President's National Community Service Honor

One of Only Four Schools in Massachusetts to be Recognized With Distinction

BOSTON (February 26, 2010) — For the fourth year in a row, Simmons College was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its students' volunteer contributions to the community.

Simmons is one of only four schools in Massachusetts to be recognized on the 2009 "Honor Roll With Distinction," a designation given to schools that have exhibited significant community service; Simmons also is the only college in the state to have received the "Honor Roll With Distinction" designation three times since the honor roll began in 2006.

During the 2008-2009 academic year, the Simmons College Scott/Ross Center for Community Service engaged more than 2,600 students in community service activities. Through the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service, students took part in a variety of tutoring and mentoring partnerships with community schools and organizations. For example, last year management students created a financial literacy program for inner city high school students, presenting them with information about short and long-term savings, identity theft, and cell phone plans.

"This honor recognizes some of the most important work that we do here at Simmons with our neighborhood and community partners," said Simmons College President Helen Drinan.

Simmons College Trustee and alumna Emily Scott Pottruck funded the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service in 2000, in recognition of the college's long-time commitment to community service. The center serves the Greater Boston community by developing reciprocal partnerships with community organizations while enriching and expanding students' educational and co-curricular experiences.


 The President's Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that "support exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs."

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.