Seattle University Recognized by White House for Community Service


Seattle University set a precedent by earning national recognition for the second consecutive year, making the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll with Distinction for community service. The accolade acknowledges the university’s overall commitment to service as well as its significant work to implement the Seattle University Youth Initiative.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by the White House for our deep commitment to community service,” says President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “Our students, faculty and staff continue to make a lasting difference right here in Seattle. The Youth Initiative is a national model for helping disadvantaged children realize a brighter future.”  

SU received the Honor Roll’s “With Distinction” recognition for its strong levels of institutional commitment, partnerships that produce measurable impact in the community and a federal work-study community service percentage of 15 percent or more.  

Last year SU received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service. The honor is the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism.    

For that award, SU was selected from 800 colleges and universities nationwide. The school was the only winner chosen as the top institution in the Promise Neighborhoods category, an acknowledgement of the work being accomplished with neighbors and community partners through the Youth Initiative.   

The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which started in 2011, is a long-term campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, the Seattle Public School District, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood thrive in school, attend college and succeed in life. SU and its partners are making progress throughout the community through educational programming, tutoring and mentorships, citizenship classes, tax preparation assistance, computer literacy, health education and more.   

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