Berea College student honored as a Newman Civic Fellow

Megan Davis Newman Civic FellowshipBerea College student Megan Davis will be part of Campus Compact’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Campus Compact, a non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education across the country, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

Megan Davis, a junior at Berea College, has worked for two years with the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), which is the home for student civic engagement at Berea College. CELTS houses academic service-learning, Bonner Scholars, and community service programs. Megan has worked as a team member of People Who Care, a student-led service program that focuses on service and advocacy projects in partnership with local, regional, and national non-profit and social change organizations. Megan plans and implements service, education, and advocacy programming, all in partnership with community-based or social justice organizations, on topics like mass incarceration, food access in rural communities, and immigration. Megan has demonstrated a desire to come to terms with systemic causes of poverty, as well as a commitment to use education to raise awareness and ultimately to develop strategies to change these systems. Megan reflected, “From my time at Berea College, I have discovered my passion for social justice. I have come to learn that poverty is a form of oppression, one that impacts people of all ages, races, and genders… I think that social issues should be addressed with education, policy change, and advocating through sharing personal narratives. My future goals include obtaining a master’s degree in social work, advocating for immigrants and refugees, and working with the elderly.” Megan has also volunteered with Berea Teen Mentoring, Adopt-a-Grandparent, and Habitat for Humanity, and completed an internship with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program administered by Grow Appalachia.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides students with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

The 2017 cohort of Fellows includes four fellows from four institutions across Kentucky.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities— representing some 6 million students—committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life.  For more information, visit or follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.