Congratulations to Amy Boren, Purdue University North Central and Paige Cole, University of Saint Francis, both of whom have been named 2011 Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize 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.
Amy Boren, a sophomore at Purdue North Central, believes that early childhood education is the key to building a great foundation for a young child’s educational success. Because of this, she has especially focused her community involvement on children at risk under the age of 8 by volunteering at local elementary schools. She has also applied for grants and donated supplies to local services that assist children and families in need, promoted student involvement in the community through her leadership role in PNC’s early childhood club, and is currently educating, engaging and mentoring early childhood education students in a service learning project.Paige Cole, a sophomore business administration major at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, is a student leader who is passionate about developing leadership skills in students through training, mentoring, and goal setting experiences that will help them to develop into future community leaders who will have a lasting and positive change in the world. As a student leader, she is active in community outreach through her fundraising and community organization work at Parkview Foundation, a local foundation which has created a legacy of giving to support outreach efforts in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.