Season of Giving: Honors Scholars

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Honors Scholars Go Beyond Academics
to Give Back in New York and New Jersey

Food Bank Berkeley


In 2016, Berkeley College Honors Scholars were involved in more than just academics, clocking more than 1.600 hours of community service during the academic year.

“I am so proud of our Honors students,” said Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Honors Program, during a ceremony recognizing top-achieving scholars in both Academic Achievement and Community Service. “We pushed them, we challenged them, and they rose to the occasion.”

The Honors Program at Berkeley College was created in 2011 to attract and retain highly motivated, high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees. There are three learning communities, located in Midtown Manhattan, Woodland Park, and Berkeley College Online®. In addition to a rigorous academic component, the program also requires students to contribute hours toward community service.

Honors Scholars participate in Community Service Day, the College’s signature volunteer event, now in its seventh year. This year, the scholars served at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ, and at the Food Bank for Westchester in Elmsford, NY.

“I’m just happy to come here and work for the Food Bank, to give back and to do a random act of kindness,” said Milkallie Hodge, an Honors Scholar who volunteered to stock shelves and pack donated food at the Food Bank for Westchester.

Click here to watch a FiOS1 News clip of students volunteering on Community Service Day.

Photo Caption (Above): Berkeley College Honors Scholars volunteer at the Food Bank for Westchester. In addition to a rigorous academic component, the program also requires students to contribute hours toward community service.

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