Apr 5, 2017

Campus Compact Honors FVCC Student with 2017 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Campus Compact has honored FVCC student Jacqueline Elm with the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows Award. Elm is one of 273 college students from across the nation selected to participate in this year’s fellowship program.

Campus Compact is a Boston-based coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports civic-minded students who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing their communities.

FVCC President Jane Karas nominated Elm for the award based on her work to support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Elm and her husband established Grandfamilies of Montana, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education and support for grandparents who are serving as primary care givers.

As a grandmother whose family has experienced the turmoil of drug and alcohol addiction, Elm enrolled at FVCC in 2015 to better prepare herself to assist other families caught in the crosshairs of addiction and the court system. She will graduate from FVCC this spring with an associate’s degree and plans to transfer to the University of Montana to study social work.

As a Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Elm will participate in a one-year program 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 partnerships with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

For more information, contact FVCC Student Engagement Coordinator Wendy Jeschke at 756-3908 or