Jenzabar grant funds service learning startup

10/23/2014

​A three-year, $45,000 grant from the Jenzabar Foundation is enabling Grove City College to step up service learning initiatives and increase the positive impact that students and graduates have on their communities.

The grant will allow the College to build on existing student philanthropy and service learning programs to establish the Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement, according to Dr. Jennifer Mobley, assistant dean for service learning.

“The purpose of the center is to increase the number of civic-minded graduates through the establishment of a clear College-wide agenda to promote and support community engagement and community-based learning experiences,” Mobley said.

Plans call for the center to bring together ongoing projects and coordinate and support future efforts “that will sustain and further strengthen our institutional focus on service learning,” she said.

Service learning initiatives allow Grove City College students to put their education into practice outside the classroom in ways that benefit the larger community. It’s more than just community service, since efforts demand specific knowledge, skills or resources unique to students, academic disciplines or the institution sponsoring the effort.

The Jenzabar Foundation is a public charity that provides grants to institutions of higher education to support the development of student leaders and the promotion of community. The foundation’s mission is to recognize and support good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community. It seeks to foster a culture of service and to educate and inspire future generations to create a better world.

The foundation emerged out of a history of corporate giving and a deep sense of community support and philanthropy imparted by the founders and executive management of Jenzabar, Inc., a leading provider of software, strategies, and services that are vital to the efficient administration of higher education institutions.

The purpose of the center is to increase the number of civic-minded graduates through the establishment of a clear College-wide agenda to promote and support community engagement and community-based learning experiences.