Delaware’s Ohio Wesleyan University is among the top five universities in the country honored for their work in the area of “interfaith community service.”
OWU students are well-known for their willingness to donate their time and energy to service projects, according to university officials. More than 80 percent of the student body regularly participates, completing more than 40,000 hours of service each year.
At the beginning of fall semester, three students and two staff members attended the President’s Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge Conference in Washington, D.C. Ohio Wesleyan has been participating in Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenges since 2010, when President Obama invited every institution in higher education to get involved.
Other national finalists are Georgetown University (D.C.), Nazareth College (New York), Grand Valley State University (Michigan), and Augsburg College (Minnesota).
The honor is part of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Honor Roll, which was expanded over the past year to recognize efforts in general community service, economic development, education, and interfaith community service.
In 2014, Ohio Wesleyan was recognized for general community service and with distinction for interfaith community service. In 2009, Ohio Wesleyan was one of three colleges in the country honored for excellence in general community service. Ohio Wesleyan has been included on the national honor roll list consistently for the past six years.