Student Life

Service Awards

Since the beginning of the Office of Community Service Learning in 1991, the University of Redlands has embedded service into the student experience. More recently, these endeavors were recognized nationally.

The University of Redlands has been repeatedly named as an institution “with distinction” for outstanding programs in disaster relief and service to children, also being named one of the first 64 institutions in the country to receive the Carnegie classification for both service learning and community partnerships.

For the sixth consecutive year the University has been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. This year’s distinction recognized the University in the area of providing access to college. The University offers various programs such as CHAMPS (College, High School, Alliance, Mentoring, Program and Service), Big Buddies, REACH (Read, Empower, Attain, Create and Hope), Jasper’s Corner Homework Club, and a variety of additional tutoring outlets.

Frank J. Rice Memorial Service Award

Honoring the late Frank J. Rice, University of Redlands alumnus and founder of the Los Angeles Men’s place (LAMP), a shelter housing mentally ill men and women on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, this award has been presented for the past 13 years. The recipients are University employees who best exemplify the vision of Mr. Rice by embracing the spirit of giving throughout the year. Past recipients have been:

2014 - Carol Franklin
2013 - Jack Osborn
2012 - Catherine Walker
2011 - Eugene Jackson
2010 - Kathie Jenni and Lawry Finsen
2009 - Dr. Chris Walker
2008 - Les Canterbury
2007 - Dr. James Appleton and Nadean Davidson
2006 - Jeff and Susan Martinez


2007 Presidential Award

In 2007, the University of Redlands was selected as one of three institutions in the country to receive the President’s Award for Service to Children from Disadvantaged Circumstances by the Corporation of National and Community Service in Washington D.C. The award recognized the efforts of student organizations doing outreach service for children in marginalized neighborhoods as well as the universities efforts in creating mentoring and tutoring programs. Redlands was selected from over 500 institutions. View the press release.

Redlands has become one of only four other colleges to have received this honor while also winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Redlands has embraced the methodology of service learning and engagement as a mutually beneficial model of civic responsibility that encourages lifelong civic engagement, strengthening communities for the common good.

University of Redlands students contribute more than 100,000 hours of community service annually.
students helping the community

All as part of our time-honored tradition of putting their passion, knowledge and heart to work for the betterment of the world.

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