Ten schools across the Mountain State made the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, including four local colleges and universities.
For some local schools, getting a well-rounded education goes far outside the walls of the classroom; even as far as El Salvador. A group of seven students at Wheeling Jesuit University just got home from a spring break volunteer trip to San Salvador.
Volunteer Kara DeSantis says they worked on building two classrooms in a school of about 200 students.
"You grow as a person when you do service, and that's what college is about," she says. "Maturing and finding out who you really are. Going to a different country really makes you the person you want to be. You see all of these people in need; just the fact that you can help even one person makes a difference."
The Service Through Social Action Center on campus makes it easy for students to get involved in the community.
At West Liberty University, Vice President for Community Engagement, Jeff Knierim says students have been recognized for three different service projects.
"Number one was our relief efforts to our sister city, West Liberty, Kentucky, who suffered a devastating tornado last March."
West Liberty freshman raised money for the Patient Care Fund at the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital, and dental hygiene students volunteered hours of dental screenings to residents of our community.
Other local schools that received this national award for placing their students on a lifelong path of civic engagement include Bethany College and West Virginia Northern Community College.