Scott/Ross Center for Community Service

Founded in 1899, Simmons College has a long history of community involvement. The Scott/Ross Center (S/RC) for Community Service was established in 2000 through the generosity of Emily Scott Pottruck '78, trustee of the College, and her husband David S. Pottruck to recognize and further strengthen the College's commitment to community engagement. The Center is named in honor of Ms. Scott Pottruck and her mother, Arlene Ross Gross '47.

The S/RC works closely with nearly 60 community based organizations. Students volunteer at these partner sites through 1) service-learning courses 2) student-led programs 3) federal work-study positions and 4) all college signature initiatives. The S/RC is also one of the few community service centers that has an established comprehensive service program for graduate students.

The S/RC is a nationally recognized leader in the field. For the seventh consecutive year the Corporation for National and Community Service named Simmons College and the S/RC to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; the only college in Massachusetts to have received the "Honor Roll with Distinction" five times since the honor roll began in 2006 and one of only 16 colleges nation-wide so honored.

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