Campus Compact has selected Flathead Valley Community College sophomore Grace Cady to participate in the 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
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 to challenges facing their communities.
FVCC President Jane Karas nominated Cady for the fellowship based on her work to promote social justice for homeless children and teens. Since high school, Cady has volunteered for the Heart Program, a nonprofit organization that encourages growth and graduation by helping meet the basic needs of local K-12 students struggling with homelessness.
“The Heart Program is more than giving a child fresh socks and a backpack. It also gives the child the opportunity to advance in the classroom and, ultimately, in life,” Cady said. “By establishing a level playing field for every student in the classroom, every child is given an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Cady is a high-achieving student who participates in FVCC’s academically rigorous Honors Program.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Cady will participate in a one-year program that emphasizes 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.