Meredith Ewen ’19 has received Campus Compact’s 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes and supports students committed to achieving social change.
As a first-year student at Rollins, Meredith Ewen ’19 founded an art program at Opportunity, Community, Ability, an Orlando nonprofit that serves children and adults with special needs. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Campus Compact has named Meredith Ewen ’19 a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow.
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
The one-year fellowship provides training and resources that help students develop strategies to achieve social change. Newman Civic Fellows also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute to participate in the organization’s Leadership and the American Presidency program.
“The fellowship will give me a plethora of opportunities to engage with new people who are passionate about community engagement and to learn from their experiences in order to better serve my community.” Ewen says. “I hope to come out of this fellowship as more conscious of who I am as an individual so that I can better serve the collective.”
Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents and chancellors to acknowledge motivation and potential in public leadership.
“Meredith has been committed to service from childhood,” Rollins President Grant Cornwell wrote in his nomination letter. “As a member of our Bonner Leaders Program, she is called upon to realize her dedication to social justice, diversity, community building, spiritual exploration, civic engagement, and international perspective. Meredith embodies the values that stand at the heart of Rollins’ mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership.”
Meredith Ewen ’19 (Photo by Scott Cook)
Through her participation in the College’s Bonner Leaders Program, the studio art major developed and leads an art program for Opportunity, Community, Ability (OCA), an Orlando nonprofit that serves children and adults with special needs, during her first year at Rollins.
OCA is currently partnering with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to host a silent auction of the artwork created by Ewen’s students. Ewen is also working to cement her program’s legacy by developing a permanent internship position that will allow future Tars to lead the program after she graduates.
Next fall, Ewen will also take on a leadership role in the Bonner Leaders Program as a Bonner intern. She’ll work alongside the College’s staff coordinators to strengthen the Rollins branch of the national service organization and enhance the experience of current and future Bonner participants.
Ewen has achieved much in her two short years at Rollins, but its apparent that the sophomore from Apopka, Florida, has only scratched the surface of her service potential.
“I’d like to work on self-development and on learning how to be a student leader who embodies healthy, balanced community engagement,” she says. “In my position as a student leader—within the campus community and the larger community—I feel it is important to lead the way by walking the walk. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Ewen is the fourth Rollins student to earn a Newman Civic Fellowship. Arden Baxter ’18, Raul Carril ’14 ’16MBA, and Brock Monroe ’14 also previously received the award.