College of St. Joseph celebrated the achievements of students in the Provider Scholarship Program this week, announcing the completion of more than 2,100 hours of service this past semester, and 22,600 cumulative hours of service since the program began.
Community engagement coordinator Kim Rupe, along with faculty, staff, and representatives from several of the program’s partner organizations, praised the students’ contributions at the annual year-end ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, stressing the value of the program to both students and the community.
The keynote address was delivered by Habitat for Humanity’s co-president Andrew Salamon, who talked about the importance of volunteering. Leaders from United Way of Rutland County and Rutland Community Cupboard also addressed the students and thanked them for their efforts during the recent Mail Carriers Food Drive, which netted just under 22,000 pounds of food for the Rutland Community Cupboard.
Senior Samantha Pratt was recognized for completing the most hours of service this semester. Ms. Pratt logged 67 hours, more than four times the required number.
Provider scholars worked with the following agencies during the spring semester:
BROC Community Action
West Rutland Carving Studio
Rutland Community Cupboard
Vermont Achievement Center
Downtown Rutland Partnership
Dismas of Vermont
American Red Cross
Rutland County Parent & Child Center
VT State Parks (specifically Bomoseen)
Mount St. Joseph Academy
Habitat for Humanity
New Story Center
Heritage Family Credit Union (for Shiver me Shamrocks)
The Provider Scholarship program was developed in 2013 and is the only of its kind in Vermont. It provides a generous financial package for full-time, residential undergraduate students, and incorporates a commitment to academic curiosity, personal and professional growth, and service to the community.