SANFORD, Fla. (March 23, 2020) – Seminole State College of Florida student Megan Anderson’s passion for her community is being recognized. Anderson was among the 290 students across the nation to be selected as a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow. The fellows are made up from students across 39 states, Washington D.C., Greece, Lebanon and Mexico.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship named after Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, a national higher education association. Campus Compact member institution presidents or chancellors nominate a community-committed college student who has demonstrated leadership capabilities and a drive for solving challenges facing the public for the fellowship.
Seminole State President Dr. Georgia L. Lorenz nominated Anderson for the award, citing her ability to involve her peers. “This year Megan has taken on the leadership role as the president of the Honors Ambassadors and student director with Seminole State Volunteers,” Dr. Lorenz wrote. “Her positivity is contagious, and those who meet her are eager to get involved in transforming the lives of others!”
Through the fellowship, Anderson will gain access to learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional and civic growth. Exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities will also be available, and she will get a chance to connect with other fellows at a national conference.
Anderson is pursuing a degree in biology and is passionate about working toward lowering the maternal mortality rates in the United States and abroad. “Although the United States is one of the most developed nations globally, it has one of the highest mortality rates for maternal women,” Anderson said. “My approach for addressing root causes of this social issue is by spreading awareness on my campus through the volunteer program. In the future, I would like to create non-profit clinics in the United States and under-developed countries to help lower the maternal mortality rates.”
To learn more about the Newman Civic Fellowship, visit https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/