A community outreach initiative at IUPUI - Educating Our Community Together: A Partnership Between IUPUI and George Washington Community High School - has been selected as a recipient of one of five 2010 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Awards.
Winners of the Outreach Scholarship Awards each receive a prize of $6,000 and qualify to compete for the 2010 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award presented annually by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
"These projects exemplify the outreach and engagement commitment of public universities," said APLU President Peter McPherson. "We salute each of these model engagement programs which feature students, faculty and administrators working in their community to improve the quality of life for all."
It marks the second civic engagement awards IUPUI has received in October.
IUPUI was among six universities that received a 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by The Washington Center, recognizing the campus for exceptional commitment to civic engagement and service learning.
Established in 2006, the Outreach Scholarship and Magrath University Community Engagement Awards recognize four-year public universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become more sympathetically and productively involved with their communities.
The C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, includes $20,000 and a trophy. The award is named for C. Peter Magrath, APLU president from 1992-2005, and a leading advocate for public universities embracing the concept of outreach and community engagement. The Magrath Award will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting, Nov. 14-16, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, TX.
In 1995, the Indianapolis Public School system was forced to consolidate schools in the Near Westside neighborhoods due to falling enrollment. The closure of Washington High School, the educational and civic heart of the Near Westside neighborhood, and several elementary schools dealt a crushing blow.
Today, George Washington Community High School (GWCHS) houses grades 7-12 as a full service community school. The IUPUI-GWCHS partnership has expanded, enabling IUPUI to offer teacher education and service learning classes as GWCHS, provide service-based financial aid for college students to work in the building, and open and staff a community fitness center. GWCHS has been recognized nationally as a model for school/community partnerships and replication of the model is underway at three additional community high schools and several elementary schools.
The community outreach project is led by Robert Bringle, Ph.D., chancellor\'s professor of psychology and philanthropic studies and executive director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and Starla Officer, Coordinator, Office of Neighborhood Partnerships, in the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning.