David Strawhun, a senior at Westminster College from Cincinnati, OH, has been honored as one of only 162 students in 32 different states to receive the prestigious 2012 Newman Civic Fellows Award.
This select group of students is honored by Campus Compact as inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. Through service, community-based research and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues challenging society today.
"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders," says Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, Chancellor at Purdue University North Central "They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can-and does-play in building a better world."
Strawhun received the award because of his work through various Westminster groups to revitalize both the local and global communities. Through the Westminster Poverty Initiative, he has spurred advocacy for the underprivileged through national legislation and has made efforts to better the lives of those in need in his community by educating the Westminster campus and taking steps to curb poverty in the community.
He has also worked on an international level through the Rwanda Community Partnership to help establish micro-loan projects in small Rwandan communities. This summer he is volunteering with the non-profit Pick Up America from June until mid-August to help them complete their mission of the first coast-to-coast litter pick up.
"David demonstrates the type of civic engagement and leadership that we seek in our students at Westminster," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "He is setting a shining example for others to follow and I congratulate him on this latest honor."
As a Newman Civic Fellow, David will join a network of Fellows around the country to share ideas and tools through online networking. Together they will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change.
The award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to education reform.
Founded in 1985 by the Presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford universities and the President of the Education Commission of States, Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education in order to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
For more information about the organization and the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, those interested should visit www.compact.org or contact Sue C. Kelman, Director of Communications, at 617-357-1881, Extension 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.