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2007.12.13> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Service Learning Academy Earns Carter Grants for Campus-Community Collaboration

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service Learning Academy has been selected to present two grants from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation in 2008.

"The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation recognizes the best academic-service learning work of university students and faculty as they partner with community groups and community agencies," said Paul Sather, director of Service Learning Academy and American Humanics at UNO. "The Service Learning Academy is excited to bring these grant opportunities to UNO, and to recognize deserving UNO students and community partners."

Administered by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation, the grants are sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and seek to foster academic-service learning at American colleges and universities. In spring of 2008, two UNO students will be selected whose application indicates the most innovative and promising use of the grants to establish or significantly further a partnership between the students (and his or her school) and a community non-profit organization. Applicants and their community partners must meet the minimum requirements. Among those applicants meeting minimum requirements, a winner will be chosen based on the selection criteria. The grants will be presented by the UNO Service Learning Academy this spring.

"UNO is now one of 100 of applicant organizations that has received recognition through the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award," Sather said. "The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award and the Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur grant not only recognize the best models, but inspire others to excel and achieve the status of a Carter Certified Partnership for campus-community collaboration or a Carter Certified Academic-Service Entrepreneur."

In addition to the monetary prize, each winning student's project report will be published on the Foundation's Web site at http://www.servicebook.org Applicants who meet the requirements and the selection criteria will be awarded certificates as a program finalist and as a "Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur" from the foundation.

More information will be provided in the spring about the application process. For more information, contact Sather at (402) 554.3196 or psather@mail.unomaha.edu.

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