Principal Community Scholars Program Expands, Accepting Nominations

September 5, 2017

Iowa Campus Compact today announced the expansion of a partnership with Principal® on the Principal Community Scholars Program. The program, which was piloted last year in in conjunction with California Campus Compact, provides scholarships to college students in business and related fields who complete community projects.

This year, the program will expand and provide more scholarships to students in a greater geographic area. 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 October 6, 2017.

“We were impressed with the caliber of students and projects last year,” said Lindsay Moser, University Relations Manager at Principal. “We look forward to working with a new and expanded group of students this year.”

The program offers $1,000 scholarships to students who complete a community project, participate in a learning community, and complete other requirements. 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 in a virtual network and support them in planning projects that meet community-identified needs in their local area. The skills students can build through these experiences will help to prepare them for their careers and future civic involvement.

In its inaugural year in the spring of 2017, 20 students were selected and all of them completed the program. They reported improved leadership skills, confidence, and efficacy in their role as community leaders. 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} iwcc(.)edu.