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Newman Civic Fellowship For Students

About The Newman Civic Fellowship

Wittenberg is a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact builds democracy through civic education and community development.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership 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

As a member of Campus Compact, Wittenberg encourages students to be active citizens that participate in continuous community engagement as a way to fulfill their vocation. The Newman Civic Fellowship honors and encourages students to develop their skills to make social change happen.

For detailed information about the Newman Civic Fellowship, please see the Campus Compact Website.

Information for Students

In addition to these core characteristics, Newman Civic Fellow nominees for the 2019-2020 academic year must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The nominee must be enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution during spring semester 2019.
  • The student must be nominated by the president or chancellor of their institution.
  • Each institution may nominate only one student
  • For institutions with both undergraduate and graduate programs, presidents and chancellors are encouraged to recommend the most deserving student, with preference given to undergraduate students.
  • In keeping with Frank Newman’s passion for educational access, we encourage presidents and chancellors to give preference to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • The nominee must have at least one year of their education remaining (either at their current institution or at a different one) such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Nominees must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year.
  • The nominee’s institution must commit to helping the nominee identify a local mentor for the duration of the fellowship.
  • If the nominee is selected, the nominee’s institution is encouraged but not required to cover the cost of transportation to the annual convening of Newman Civic Fellows.

Required Forms

Please contact Stephanie McCuistion at or by calling 937-327-7947 with questions about the Newman Civic Fellowship and the application process to be Wittenberg's Newman Fellow Nominee.

2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Timeline

  • December 12, 2018 - Students must submit their Declaration of Intent form
  • January 11, 2019 - Applications and Reference forms due
  • January 21-24, 2019 - Interview Newman Civic Fellow Nominee Applicants
  • January 25, 2019 - Student is selected by President Frandsen for Nomination
  • January 28-30, 2019 - Nominee will work with The Selection Committee to submit official nomination to Campus Compact
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