Newman Civic Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

We view the Newman Civic Fellowship as a core component of our strategy to build a national network of engaged student leaders who can support one another in building transformational partnerships between campuses and communities. As we and our member campuses work to prepare students for lives of engaged citizenship, we believe it is critical to listen to students and to engage them as partners in this work. The voices of our Newman Civic Fellows inform our shared efforts.

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 Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents and chancellors to acknowledge motivation and potential in public leadership.  Newman Civic Fellows are nominated for their demonstrated commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national exemplars of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

The Newman Civic Fellowship honors Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an extraordinary career of more than five decades. At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of inter-connected individuals to make a difference. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.  Learn more about Frank Newman.

Fellowship Overview

The fellowship experience is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring. While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows. Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.

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