PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island colleges were named among the Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities Tuesday.
The University of Rhode Island was named the No. 21 volunteer-producing college or university among medium-sized schools with 16 URI alumni currently volunteering worldwide. This is the third consecutive year that URI has ranked in the top 25 among medium-sized schools. George Washington University in Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools with 50 active volunteers.
Providence College ranked No. 16 among small colleges and universities in 2018 with 11 active volunteers. 2018 was the first time in more than a decade that Providence College has ranked in the top 25 among small schools. St. Mary’s College of Maryland ranked No. 1 among small colleges and universities with 17 active volunteers.
“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley in a statement. “As Peace Corps Volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”
Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.