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February 11, 2009 - AwarD Opportunity Awaits Civic-Minded College Students

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Civic-minded college students have the opportunity to apply for the Frank Newman Leadership Award through the Oklahoma Campus Compact program. The program provides two cash awards of $5,000, but students must apply by March 21.

The Newman Award is designed to support students with financial need who have shown civic leadership potential through public and community service and scholastic achievement. The award provides mentorship and financial support to help students achieve civic and academic goals. Two awards – one each for a two-year institution student and a four-year institution student – are available nationwide.

To qualify, an Oklahoma student must be a sophomore or junior at a four-year university that participates in Oklahoma Campus Compact or must attend a community college that is a member of Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students must submit an online application and other materials, including a mentoring plan, a brief essay about their work and a letter of nomination from the institution president.

To meet the selection criteria, the student should show evidence of civic leadership potential in the preceding 12-month period, as evidenced by academic achievement and the ability to create lasting change through civic action. The student should also show a sustained commitment to public engagement and the community.

Students can apply for the award online at For more information and application details go to the Oklahoma Campus Compact Web site at

Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities that develops college students’ awareness and skills in civic responsibility through service learning, community service and civic engagement. Thirty-four states have Campus Compact offices. In Oklahoma, Campus Compact was formed in 2000 and currently has 33 public and private colleges and universities that participate.