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The Newman Civic Fellowship honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. –from the Campus Compact website.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended to Campus Compact by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

As a Kansas Campus Compact member, KU nominates one student a year to be the Newman Civic Fellow. As a Fellow, that student is able to connect with the national network of Fellows and attend conferences and events. Connections among Fellows are supported by Campus Compact as a way to inspire and motivate students' continued civic efforts.

Newman Civic Fellows are characterized by:

  1. Going beyond direct service to seek long-term solutions for social issues. Examples of this may include involvement in public policy reform, community organizing, community-based research, social entrepreneurism, or other efforts to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
  2. Inspiring and engaging others. 
  3. Demonstrating the motivation and leadership potential to make significant contributions to public problem solving and to a network of similarly dedicated students. 

To be eligible, the nominee must have at least one year of their education remaining and be enrolled in higher education for the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year.


To nominate a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship, click here.

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