The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation Honor Schools with Civic Engagement Awards

Five schools receive a total of $100,000 in scholarship funding


WASHINGTON – Five colleges and universities were chosen this year from more than a 125 nominations to receive the 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and the New York Life Foundation. This year’s honorees include California State University at Fullerton, Georgia College and State University, Hampshire College, Rice University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Recipients were chosen based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement. Schools will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on September 29, 2014. The luncheon will also honor the Bipartisan Policy Center with the Civic Education Leadership Award, Florida with the State Partnership of the Year Award and the University of Dayton with the Private University of the Year Award.


The Washington Center, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, established this award to celebrate institutions that are reaching beyond their own campuses to impact broader communities.  The award aims to highlight, in particular, innovation and leadership in forging partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional or international level.


“The New York Life Foundation is proud to partner with The Washington Center to honor these schools for recognizing that service learning should be part of their curriculum,” said Heather Nesle president of the New York Life Foundation.  “Students learn the practical applications of their studies and become contributing community members in the process.”


“These schools are a shining example of how universities are taking the traditional curriculum model and incorporating initiatives that teach self-awareness, community engagement and life-long leadership skills,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “They are true leaders within the academic community and we congratulate them on this honor.”


This year’s award committee was chaired by Geri Mannion of Carnegie Corporation and included Michelle Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Robert Hackett of the Bonner Foundation, Heather Smith of Rock the Vote and Peter Levine of CIRCLE at Tufts University.


To read more why each school was selected, click here.


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About The Washington Center


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.


About the New York Life Foundation



Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $155 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement.  The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation’s Website.

The Washington Center

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we've helped more than 55,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative.