We Serve to Learn: Ohio University’s Appalachian Scholars Programs
partnership with Rural Action and their Rural Renewal Initiatives
The Appalachian Scholars Program began its volunteer service with Rural Action in fall 2008. Shortly after the formation of the partnership, Rural Action needed to restructure due to a variety of factors. In this process, a re-visioning of Rural Action’s mission was conducted resulting in an updated strategic plan entitled “Weaving the Fabric of Community Renewal: Restoration and Development through Community.” Students utilized service learning projects to identify critical community needs or problems and how to develop community-based solutions to affect long-term sustainability.
Student Participants: Shea Daniels, Jeanna Unrue, Katherine Dufore, Megan Gray, Brittany Wolverton, Trace Lydick, Stephen Neuhart, Christopher Capper, Eric Alexander, Devin Wheeler
Faculty: Mark Skillings, Sam Venable