Jennifer Cleveland, assistant professor of basic science education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has been awarded the college’s Award for Outreach Excellence, recognized for her commitment to service in the local community.

This is the first year the medical school has participated in Virginia Tech’s College Awards for Outreach Excellence. The award may be given annually by each college to a faculty member who best exemplifies the idea of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) through actions, activities, and organizations within their community.

Cleveland was noted for her work and dedication to two organizations in particular: The Southwest Virginia Ballet and the pharmacy at Bradley Free Clinic.

“Being from the local community, I feel strongly, that giving of oneself to help others creates a meaningful life,” Cleveland said. “I know this to be true based on the impact of the many hands joined together throughout my early developmental years to help me succeed.”

Over the last year, Cleveland has volunteered her time as the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s volunteer coordinator, contributing over 200 hours each year of her own time, while coordinating over 2,100 hours of volunteer time each year. Cleveland said she especially appreciates the organization’s commitment to exposing children in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding area to the arts, including those in underserved communities.

A pharmacist by training, Cleveland also serves in that capacity through trips abroad and right here at home at the Bradley Free Clinic, where she volunteers every Friday afternoon.

“Jennifer is perfect example of service not for an outcome, but for the sake of service itself,” noted David Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture.

Congratulations, Jennifer!