Rust College has received recognition from President Barack Obama for its participation in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. For its involvement, the college received a signed letter from President Obama, a certificate of recognition and a profile in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report, prepared by the U.S. Department of Education.
Rust College was acknowledged for its efforts in "creating a safe space for interfaith dialogue." Several religious student organizations collaborated with the Bouchillon Institute for Community Planning for outreach, promoted healthy communities and healthy families and involved students, citizens, faith-based organizations and city officials in their outreach.
"In America, we may hold different views or come from different backgrounds, but we are united as citizens by an enduring idea that we share certain obligations to each other and to future generations," said President Obama. "For over 200 years, Americans of all faiths, along with those who practice no faith, have come together with common purpose through service, helping to tackle some of our most urgent challenges and to create the nation we have today. By accepting thePresident's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, [Rust College has] helped to carry this tradition forward on your campus and in your community."
Rust College is a related institution of The United Methodist Church.