USD was selected to host this award due to its leadership in service-learning through the Interdisciplinary Education & Action or "IdEA" Program and the Student Action Office, USD's center for academic and community engagement.
USD will present a $1,000 grant to a student whose application indicates the most innovative and promising way to establish or significantly further a partnership between the student, USD, and a community nonprofit organization. The grant, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is designed to foster academic service-learning at American colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary prize, the winner's project report will be published on the Foundation's Web site, www.jrcpf.org.
"Being chosen by the JRCPF to award this grant is a great honor for The U, and hopefully it is the beginning of a long collaboration with the foundation. I am confident that USD students will propose projects that are both original and vital to the Vermillion community," said Alex Berke, an AmeriCorps VISTA member in the Student Action Office.
Applications are due Oct. 15 by 5 p.m. to the Student Action Office, 103 Old Main. Students who have worked with a community partner in or around the Vermillion area in the past and have an idea for a service-learning project that deepens the connection between The U and community are strongly encouraged to apply. The application guidelines encourage ingenuity as the student links their academic experience with a community need.
This grant will be awarded to a project that will take place in the 2007 spring semester. Applications are available in the Student Action Office on campus in Old Main 103 or online at www.usd.edu/CASE.cfm.