6/15/11 Fullerton, CA - Hope International University Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

Hope International University (HIU) has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. HIU was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. 

“Congratulations to Hope International University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.” Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS, said. “We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. A total of 511 colleges and universities were named to the Honor Roll with 114 being award a place on the Honor Roll with distinction. Eleven institutions were named finalists and six received the Presidential Award.

Over 50% of undergraduate HIU students are giving back in some capacity as they are balancing their college work, jobs, and extracurricular activities. Hope students and graduates have a long-standing history of putting their faith in action by serving in their local communities, churches, homes, and overseas. Many ministries were started by HIU students while they were still in college, including AMOR Ministries, Solidarity, and Povertees.

AMOR Ministries was founded by Scott (MA ’89) and Gayla Cooper Congdon (BA ’77, MA ’89) in 1980 and provides thousands of volunteers the opportunity to serve the poor in Mexico through their house-building projects. Every semester HIU students have the opportunity to go on day long trips to help AMOR build homes and there have even been week long trips during Spring Break. Solidarity, established by Tommy Nixon (BA ’01) and eight other Hope students, provides after school programs to children in low income areas in Fullerton. Several HIU alum and current students continue to serve at Solidarity, whose office is now located on the Fullerton campus. Povertees, a ministry focused on serving the needs of the homeless, was started in 2007 by Tyler Patterson (BA ’11), Trevor Smith (BA ’10), Matt Donahue, and Gianna Persico.

In addition, many HIU students are involved with community efforts in collaboration with local organizations, institutions, and groups. “At Hope, our mission is ‘to impact the world for Christ,’ and we put that into action in many ways and many areas,” Mark Comeaux, Vice President for Student Affairs at HIU, stated. “The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an honor for our University to receive. We are proud of our students and our graduates who will continue to be community servant leaders for a lifetime.”

To read more about how Hope International University’s alumni are serving throughout the world, visit
Hope International University is a regionally accredited Christian university founded in 1928 that integrates faith, service and learning. Through undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs with faculty and staff dedicated to student success, our students experience a transformative educational experience and are prepared to make an impact with their lives. Our diverse student body represents over 35 states and 40 countries around the world.
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