Newman Civic Fellows


Eight Montana college students have been named as 2020 Newman Civic Fellows. They will participate as part of a 290 student national cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2020 cohort—the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date—comprises students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Greece, Lebanon, and Mexico. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. Following are the Montana Fellows announced for 2020:

  • GRACELYN ABEL | Flathead Valley Community College
    Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems: Class of 2020
  • DANIELLE ANTELOPE | Montana State University
    Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems: Class of 2021
  • BRAYDEN CROWLEY | Rocky Mountain College
    Biology – Pre-Medicine: Class of 2021
  • CHARMAINE ENGUM | Great Falls College Montana State University
    Nursing: Class of 2022
  • KATLYN GILLEN | Montana State University Billings
    Human Services/Psychology: Class of 2022
  • KORTNEY SIMS | University of Montana
    Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Psychology: Class of 2021
  • TRISTAN STOCKTON | University of Montana Western
    Physical Education & Health K-12: Class of 2021
  • HILARY VANVLEET | Montana Technological University
    Professional and Technical Communication: Class of 2021

To read more about their community and campus contributions, click here.


The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, all Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student from their institution for the fellowship.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”