The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association recognized Sara McManus of Norristown, as the recipient of the John L. Geoghegan Student Citizenship Award.
The award is given annually in memory of Geoghegan, a member of the class of 1963, to a student who has brought honor to the university through leadership and community service.
McManus, a senior anthropology and chemistry major, received the award during Alumni Volunteer and Excellence Weekend.
McManus has earned a 3.94 grade point average and is a member of several leadership and honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and was the Widener University Newman Civic Fellow Award winner for 2012.
McManus serves as an AmeriCorps Community Fellow, performing more than 300 hours of community service in the city of Chester and through the Office of Civic Engagement. Last year, she co-coordinated Widener Cares, an after-school tutoring program at local churches and youth centers in Chester.
McManus works in the Office of Civic Engagement as a liaison between community partners and those on campus seeking volunteer opportunities. She also spearheads specific service projects for the campus, planning and promoting projects for the Widener community.
She has worked in the Office of Admissions as a Pride Ambassador, serves as a PRIDE Mentor through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and has been active in the Widener Activities Council.
After graduation, McManus plans to serve as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in Philadelphia or Chester, and her experiences at Widener have led her to pursue a life-long career of service. McManus is the daughter of Deborah and Joseph McManus.