Newman Civic Fellowship

Applications are now open for ASU's nomination to the 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellowship

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Nomination package

Please submit the following information via Google Form to the Office of University Initiatives:

ASU faculty/staff nominating the student

  • Name
  • Title
  • Department
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Student Leadership Profile (200 words max) that addresses how the student demonstrates the following:
    • 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
    • Demonstration the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement
    • How the student meets the eligibility criteria
    • How the student addresses the root causes of social issues and about the nominee’s potential for developing innovative and collaborative strategies for addressing public problems

Student being nominated

  • Name
  • Email
  • LinkedIn account (if applicable)
  • Personal web page (if applicable)
  • Twitter handle (if applicable)
  • Demographic information - optional (gender/racial identity, personal pronounds used, first-gen)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Major(s)/concentration(s)
  • How you will utilize the fellowship opportunity/resources to strengthen your project(s)
  • Personal Statement (200 words): the public issue on which you have had or hope to have a measurable impact, as well as your innovative or collaborative strategy for addressing the root cause of this social issue

ASU/local mentor

  • Name
  • Title
  • ASU department/community organization
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Relationship to nominee

About the Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a national Campus Compact fellowship program to recognize and support outstanding 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
  • Demonstration the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

The Fellowship is a one year experience during which Fellows have access to a variety of virtual and in-person learning opportunities, networking events and mentoring focused on developing the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and in building equitable communities.

The primary goals of the Fellowship are to support community-committed students in their personal, civic and professional development so as to prepare them for the long-term work of public problem solving; and to build a national network of civically-oriented college student leaders and alumni.

Fellowship benefits

Fellowship benefits include:

  • Attendance at a national, regional and state convening of Newman Civic Fellows from other institutions
  • Training on a variety of relationships-building skills and tactical skills to facilitate action (asset mapping, attracting resources, design thinking, systems thinking, etc.)
  • Opportunities to submit conference proposals to present at Campus Compact affiliated conferences
  • National recognition through Campus Compact website and media
  • Special scholarship opportunities from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute to participate in their Leadership and the American Presidency program
  • Opportunity to apply for Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship

More information about the Fellowship can be found on the Campus Compact website

Eligibility for ASU nomination

ASU students nominated for the Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • An ASU faculty/staff must submit the student nomination
  • Nominee must be currently enrolled and in good standing as an undergraduate student at ASU during Spring 2019 and have at least one year remaining
  • Nominee must be willing to provide a short reflection piece (video, article or letter) during their Fellowship year
  • Selected local mentor agrees to serve as a mentor for nominee’s personal, professional and civic growth for at least the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year. This should include an in-person meeting at least quarterly.
  • Preference given to students with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education

ASU nomination process

The nomination process for the ASU Newman Civic Fellowship applicant is as follows:

  • Application package submitted to the Office of University Initiatives via Google Form by 11:59pm Friday, January 18th, 2019 for the 2019 Fellowship
  • ASU University Initiatives will review applications and identify the top 3 applications
  • An impartial internal review committee will review the top 3 applications and select one nominee to represent ASU by January 25th. All applicants will be notified of the final selection.
  • The nomination package is created, including a nomination letter from President Crow, and submitted to Campus Compact by University Initiatives before the deadline on February 1, 2019*
  • Campus Compact will notify institutions of fellowship awardees and announced to the public during the month of March 2019
  • November 16-17, 2019 National Convening of Newman Civic Fellows

*Note: Only one student from each institution may be nominated

Testimonials from past awardees from ASU

“It was great to meet other fellows from all across the country and I learned that public service comes in many forms. Some students were starting their own non-profits, others were running food pantries, and one student even planned and hosted a volunteer day. Whether it is a long term or short term fix, public service is what you make it. I realized that ASU has already provided me with so many opportunities to understand real-life problems and how to solve them.”

– Breanna Carpenter, 2016 Newman Civic Fellowship recipient



Leadership Profiles and Personal Statement (200 words) are used for publicity purposes and will be featured on Campus Compact’s website. By submitting an application, you affirm the use of this photo for Campus Compact publicity materials such e-newsletters, website and printed materials.