Accepting Nominations: Principal Community Scholars

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the opening of the nomination process for the 2018-2019 Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, funded by Principal®, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects. The skills students can build through these experiences will help to prepare them for their careers and future civic involvement.

The nomination process is open to undergraduate students at Campus Compact member institutions in the Midwest and those designated as serving minority students throughout the country. Students can be nominated by any faculty or staff member willing to serve as their advisor. Nominations are due September 28, 2018

The program offers $1,000 scholarships to students who attend the opening meeting and complete a community engagement project by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Preference will be given to select a diverse group of participants who have demonstrated interest in community leadership. Once selected through a competitive process, Iowa Campus Compact will bring students together as a part of the annual Iowa Civic Action Academy being held November 9 and 10, 2018 at Drake University. As a part of that event, students will also have the opportunity to visit the Principal campus and meet staff and leaders.

In its inaugural year in the spring of 2017, over 50 students have been selected for this program. These students have reported improved leadership skills, confidence, and efficacy in their role as community leaders. In 2017, 90% of scholars felt they were more aware of how to help their community and 95% felt they were more likely to create positive change in their community.  The selected students also accomplished successful projects to address a community priority, including STEM research, establishing a food pantry, social entrepreneurship ventures, and sustainability initiatives among other things. Each scholar created a reflection video on their project, you can view them all and a highlight video here.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We are a network comprising a national office and 34 state and regional affiliates. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact enables campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Our resources support faculty and staff as they pursue community-based teaching and scholarship in the service of positive change.

For more information contact Emily Shields at (515) 235-4684 or eshields {at} compact(.)org.