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"We are delighted that the Shriver Center has received this national recognition. The Center's work reflects an important part of our mission--finding solutions to the challenging problems of our day."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC's Shriver Center Called a Model Program
for Colleges and Universities Nationwide

Described as "the prototype for urban education in the 21st century," UMBC's Shriver Center has been recognized by The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development for its strong commitment to service-learning and community-based social care.

The recently published Templeton Guide is designed for students, parents, and educators and includes profiles of 405 exemplary college programs in 10 categories. UMBC is profiled in the Volunteer Service Programs category, along with such schools as Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stanford, and Yale.

"The Shriver Center's strong commitment to character development and the strength of its program make it a model for colleges and universities nationwide," says Arthur J. Schwartz, director of Character Development Programs at the John Templeton Foundation.

Founded in 1993, the Shriver Center is named in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver. The Center provides internships and service-learning experiences for students and is the headquarters for a number of innovative initiatives. These range from the Peaceworker program of graduate study for returned Peace Corps volunteers and CLEARCorps, a childhood lead poisoning prevention project, to the Choice programs, addressing the needs of at-risk and delinquent youth.

"This is a great honor for us to be selected for a publication that specifically stresses the importance and value of community service and the lifelong impact that it can have on our students," says John Martello, executive director of the Shriver Center and vice provost for community partnerships.

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