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Lebanon Valley Education Partnership Receives President’s Award
02.19.11 |

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At the center of Lebanon Valley College’s mission statement is the aim to enable students “to become people of broad vision, capable of making informed decisions, and prepared for a life of service to others.” Each year at the annual Founders Day Convocation, the President’s Award is given to one student organization whose members demonstrate these skills through exceptional community service. This year, the Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP) was honored.

Since 1989, LVEP has partnered students of the Lebanon School District with mentors at Lebanon Valley College. Each year, the Lebanon School District identifies rising eighth grade students who perform well academically but experience other difficult circumstances that may inhibit them from eventually attending college. The selected students are then partnered with LVC student mentors.

Through the collaboration, LVC mentors seek to provide the students with continuous and encouraging communication, assistance with school work, an understanding of the importance of service to others, and safe Friday evening activities. In the past year, LVEP mentors have dedicated a collective 517 hours of service by giving campus tours, attending an LVC Ice Hockey Game, participating in an open gym night in conjunction with LVC Buddies and Community Dutchmen, and going roller-skating with their partners.

The LVEP partners who successfully enroll in the college preparatory curriculum and maintain their grades through junior and senior high school become eligible for tuition scholarships at Lebanon Valley College.

While receiving the award was an honor for all of the mentors of LVEP, it was particularly exciting for co-president Ashley Conzelmann ’11. Conzelmann has been a mentor since her freshman year at the Valley, but LVEP has played a role in her life since long before that. She can personally attest to the benefits of the partnership.

“I have actually been a part of the program since I was chosen to be an LVEP partner at the end of seventh grade. Being an LVEP Scholar, I wanted to give back to the program that gave me such a great opportunity,” she said. “Without LVEP I wouldn’t have been able to afford coming to LVC. I feel like being a mentor is my way of giving back to the people who have given me so much.”

Sherae Jones ’11, the other co-president of the organization, is also grateful for the honor. “LVEP is an excellent mentor opportunity that allows me to work with students from various backgrounds,” she said. “I am glad that LVEP won the award because it is one organization that does so much but a lot of LVC students don’t know that much about.”

Other organizations nominated for this year’s award were Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau, Circle K, Community Dutchmen, Habitat for Humanity, Hearts for Haiti, LVC Ice Hockey Team, Council for Exceptional Children, Servants of Christ, and the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association.

 

Click here to see pictures from the event.

 



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