Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Washington Leads the Way in Peace Corps Volunteerism

From the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 to current work of groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington has always had a strong tradition of volunteerism, generousity and mindfullness towards what is happening across the globe.
New figures from the 2013 Peace Corps volunteer class, however, demonstrate just how deeply that commitment to helping others runs.
Every year the Peace Corps tracks volunteer recruitment in three categories: large schools, medium schools, and small schools. This year, Washington universities lead the way in all three categories. The University of Washington tied for first place among large schools with the University of Florida, while Western Washington University and Gonzaga University swept the medium- and small-sized categories, respectively.
The University of Washington has held the top honor before, in both 2007 and 2010. Another Washington institution, Seattle University, took the fifth spot in the small category this year.
Although important in their own right, these numbers also underscore the strength of Washington’s higher education system and the importance of ensuring that our colleges and universities remain affordability for all students. House Democrats are committed to working towards a fully funded post-secondary education system, so that our students can continue to go on to great things in our state and around the globe. 
Via the Peace Corps website, here is the full list of top volunteer colleges:

Read this story in Spanish.