(Portland, Ore.) July 15, 2013 — Portland State University (PSU) was one of five institutions in the nation named last week as winners of the Washington Center 2013 Civic Engagement Award. The award recognizes colleges and universities who show leadership in addressing issues of public concern and demonstrate a vision for systemic change.
PSU was one of 126 applicants. Past winners of the annual award include Tulane, Duke and Villanova universities. PSU will receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in Washington, D.C., in 2014.
The award recognizes PSU’s work in three broad areas:
• The university’s 530 academic partnerships, which provide community-based courses, internships, and senior capstone projects. Capstones are student-led problem-solving projects designed to help the community. All undergraduates are required to complete a capstone project before graduation.
• Economic development partnerships involving the University’s eight schools and colleges, 62 research centers and institutes, and the Portland State Business Accelerator.
• Campus planning and development partnerships. PSU partnered with the City of Portland and Multnomah County to create a new 144-acre urban renewal district that will bring in approximately $134 million in tax increment financing to new development on and around the PSU campus.
The Washington Center was founded in 1975 to provide professional internships to college students of all backgrounds and income levels.