Presidential Service Award Honors 5 Colleges For Giving Back To Community

The five colleges that are leading the country in community service each received a presidential honor for their efforts Monday.

Carson-Newman College and Miami University were among the colleges awarded the Presidential Award of the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for community service, according to

"Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community," Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said in a press release.

A total of 642 colleges and universities were admitted to this year's Honor Roll and reported that nearly 2.5 million students have participated in community service.

The five winners were honored for their work in general community service, early childhood education, promise neighborhoods model and summer learning.

To read about the great work each of the winners is offering those in need, click through our slideshow below.