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Miles Community College Student Named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Amy Blaquiere

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Miles Community College student, Amy Blaquiere, has been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Amy joins 272 other students making up the 2017 cohort.

“We are excited for Amy and we were honored to nominate her for this fellowship. She is an outstanding student and thinks globally about serving others. Dr. Newman would be proud of Amy,” said Miles Community College President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.

Amy has made it her cause to raise awareness of the inequity of access to education in third-world countries and she continues to work toward finding solutions to this issue. In particular, Amy has spent the last few years working with AIDSpirit to help the children in the Kayunga District of Uganda. In the summer of 2016, she stayed 17 days in Uganda where she spent time with children in the schools and orphanages in the district. She continues to give talks to community organizations and is working with local groups and schools to raise funds that can go back to the children of Uganda to help them access education. She plans to go back to this district in 2018 and bring supplies and resources to the schools and children.

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