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Presidential Honors

Whether it’s using soccer as a vehicle for positive social change, helping disabled veterans receive their well-deserved benefits, or operating the state’s first university-based charter school, Widener has earned a national reputation for its civic engagement initiatives. For its efforts, Widener has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Widener was named to the Honor Roll “with distinction,” one of the highest honors, in two categories: General Community Service and Education Community Service. Widener has been named to the Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized year after year for our civic engagement efforts in the communities we serve,” said Widener President James T. Harris III. “The real reward, however, is the partnerships with the community that these efforts create, the learning and personal growth opportunities they offer our students, and seeing how these efforts change the lives of the people they serve for the better.”

This year, Widener was recognized for four exemplary initiatives:

Widener Partnership Charter School: The first university-based charter school in Pennsylvania which serves about 450 students in grades K-8.

Chester Upland Soccer for Success Program: Funded by a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Widener partners with other local organizations to provide more than 700 local youth with physical activity, nutrition education, mentoring, and family engagement opportunities (see video on right).

Widener School of Law Clinics: Widener Law offers five clinics across two campuses, where students earn academic credit while using their developing legal skills to help domestic violence victims, the poor, disabled veterans, and community groups.

College Access Center of Delaware County: Widener, in collaboration with five other colleges and universities in the area, open the CAC in 2009 to provide underserved residents with programs and activities to enhance their access to and success in postsecondary education. The first and only college access center in the county, it serves more than 1,000 residents annually.