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Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the legacy of Campus Compact Founder Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who:

  • Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Purpose of the Award

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program that recognizes and supports student public problem solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor based on their potential for public leadership and their work with communities. Throughout the fellowship year, Campus Compact provides students with opportunities to nurture their assets and help them develop strategies for social change—creating a network of connected and engaged student leaders who can support one another in making positive change.

Eligibility for the Award

Student nominees must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program (preference for undergraduate students).
  • Have at least one year of their education remaining at the date of nomination so that they are enrolled as a student for the full duration of their fellowship (Sept thru May of next academic year).
  • Commit to providing a short reflection piece to the Leduc Center and Campus Compact during their fellowship year.
  • Commit to being present and fully engage in offered fellowship activities.
  • No individual may receive more than one Newman Fellowship whether internal or external from another agency.

Program Components

Throughout the fellowship year, Campus Compact provides Newman Civic Fellows with opportunities for learning and networking virtually and in person. Each opportunity is designed to help students learn to collaborate effectively across disciplines and to apply their skills to directly create positive change in their communities.

  • Regular virtual events focused on skill development and professional learning
  • An annual in-person Convening of Fellows, supported by The Allstate Foundation
  • One-on-one leadership development with a local mentor of their choice
  • Connection to a nationwide network of engaged student leaders, both during and after the fellowship year
  • Public national recognition
  • Special scholarship and career opportunities
  • Opportunities to present or publish work through Campus Compact

If you have questions please contact Medora LaPlante at or stop by the Leduc Center, LARTS 031.

Application Deadline:

To be announced.


Newman Civic Fellowship Application

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