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OWU Senior Selected for Service Award by Ohio Campus Compact


April 6, 2005

[ Anita ] DELAWARE, OHIO --Anita Chandrasekhar, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University, was selected for Ohio Campus Compact's Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award. She was also selected as Ohio Wesleyan's Student Humanitarian of the Year for 2004-2005.
 
Anita's service endeavors include, among others, tutoring and mentoring fourth-graders in Columbus through OWU's Columbus Initiative, working at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. as part of OWU's Lilly Vision Servant Leadership Seminar, and she personally delivered clothes and supplies to tsunami victims from the back of her own car while in her native India over the holiday break.
 
Anita has also been at the helm of starting a new chapter of the India Literacy Project at Ohio Wesleyan. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness about the project's mission and to raise money to help educate children in a southern Indian school. "I have always believed that education is a primary contributor for a nation's development, and so for a developing country like India, I wanted to help promote education," she said.
 
The Ping Award was designed to recognize and honor the outstanding leadership and contributions to community service on campus and within the community made by undergraduate students. The award is granted annually to undergraduates from Ohio Campus Compact member institutions.
 
Candidates must be nominated by the president of his or her college or university and should meet the following criteria: evidence of exemplary community service during his or her time on campus and although outstanding community service of any kind will qualify, Ohio Campus Compact is especially interested in efforts that have connected service with academic study or designed programs with long-term community support.