Awards and Grants
St. Catherine University is among 36 private and 47 public colleges and universities selected to receive Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for 2015. The Community Engagement Classification is voluntary and institutions are required to document the nature and extent of collaborations between the institution and community partners for the "mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources."
President's Honor Roll: St. Kate's was awarded 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships.
Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents Awards: These yearly awards provide an opportunity for member presidents to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Each year a community partner and St. Kate's faculty and student are recognized for their efforts. This past year St. Catherine University awarded Melissa Hebrank '14 the Presidents' Student Leadership Award for her deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership. Melissa worked as an America Reads tutor, America Reads Student Coordinator and as a Service-Learning Student Coordinator. Joshua Haringa, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, received the Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. Joshua's work has furthered a culture and practice of engagement on campus, and his expertise and leadership on the service-learning video work has advanced efforts to further support student engagement in the community. Cathy Heying received the Presidents' Community Partner Award for her tireless effort facilitating A Day in the Life of Homelessness through St. Stephen's Human Services and her new nonprofit, The Lift Garage, which provides free or low-cost quality car repairs and offers skilled job training in auto mechanics.
In August 2014, Community Work and Learning received a nearly $50,000 grant to provide 60+ juniors and seniors with financial need paid semester long and summer internships at local nonprofits, Career Ready Internships. More information about Great Lakes and Community Investments:
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and repay their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes leads initiatives and funds programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds start and complete a two- or four-year degree or other credential. For additional information, visit community.mygreatlakes.org.