In 2009, The Student Philanthropy Project at Grove City College earned a Student Leadership Award from The Jenzabar Foundation for making a difference in their community through philanthropy. The Student Philanthropy Project was launched at Grove City College to provide an opportunity to help fulfill The College’s mission to encourage students the development of moral character shaped by Christian principles that are prepared to serve as responsible citizens and leaders of society. By integrating philanthropy into the classroom, students have a forum for hands-on experience in researching and supporting non-profit service organizations. The Project helps students learn how to be engaged citizens and to understand the important role philanthropy plays in the health of local communities.
The Student Philanthropy Project of Grove City College has used The Student Leadership Award to fund two classes for the 2009-2010 academic year, Media Aesthetics and Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education. The project has helped develop the next generation of lifelong civic leaders understand the importance of philanthropy in the community, the nation, and the world.
Since its inaugural year of 2008-2009, the project has touched the lives of 106 undergraduate students across nine majors and partnered with 14 non-profit organizations in the surrounding communities. Professors in the departments of Communication Studies, History and Education have creatively integrated the art of philanthropy into course curriculum providing students with opportunities for real world application. “So far, students continue to benefit from the project beyond the course and semester. Several students have received internships as a result of the project. Many other Grove City College students continue to volunteer and support these non-profit organizations through time, talent and treasure” according to Brian Powell, Grove City College.
The Student Philanthropy Project Grove City College is the first institution in the state of Pennsylvania to integrate this model of philanthropy education at the undergraduate level. The Student Philanthropy Project holds special significance because the College is one of three colleges in America that does not accept federal funds. They rely solely on the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends.