State and National Awards

Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.  The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students' assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change.  Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

  • The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring.
  • While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.
  • Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.

In order to select the BGSU nominee for this fellowship, we ask that interested students complete the following application.  Only one student will be selected to represent Bowling Green State University.  Applicants will be reviewed by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and a finalist will be submitted to the President’s Office for review and approval. 


BGSU Newman Civic Fellows

Neiko Alvarado

2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellow

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Neiko Alvarado, a senior at Bowling Green State University, is a student leader and community organizer addressing issues of reproductive and gender equity as well as racial and environmental justice.  Through his involvement on and off campus he has worked with his peers in various other social justice oriented organizations to build coalitions.  He is currently working with his peers and the local community to provide free, safe transportation for students of color and LGBTQ+ individuals in order to reduce harassment and discrimination while promoting safety and prosperity of all peoples in the community.  Additionally, through his work as a member of our campus Green Fund committee, he has been a student leader making budget allocation decisions regarding sustainable projects to help reduce our environmental impact as an institution.

Meg Burrell

2016-2017 Newman Civic Fellow

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Meg Burrell is a student leader at Bowling Green State University passionate about student voter engagement.  She has served as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador sponsored by the BGSU Votes initiative and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.  Her commitment to this issue area stems from her belief that students’ participation in the democratic process is a key solution to address critical issues in our communities.  In her leadership roles she has collaborated to establish campus voter engagement goals, mobilized students to register to vote, educated other students about critical social issues, and facilitated other students’ deeper involvement in the democratic process.  Additionally, she has lead by example by being involved in high profile governance roles on campus, first as a Senator her first year, and more recently as the undergraduate student Board of Trustees member for 2015-2017.   

Maddi Georgoff

2015-2016 Newman Civic Fellow


Maddi Georgoff a tireless leader with an outstanding ability to translate what she learns into action.  For the past three years, Maddi has served in the Office of Service-Learning as a “Civic Action Leader.”  In this position, she has assumed significant leadership roles in implementing BGSU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, advising students on volunteer opportunities in Northwest Ohio, and engaging the BGSU community on social justice issues.  Though Maddi excels in all she does, her commitment to mobilizing students to address root causes of social issues deserves special recognition.  In her junior year, Maddi founded Bowling Green Alternative Breaks, a student-led organization that plans and implements meaningful alternative breaks. The organization stresses education and reflection as core components of a meaningful service experience.  Upon graduation in May 2015, Maddi’s legacy of service will be sustained on campus by the student leaders she has mobilized. As she continues her commitment to the common good through nonprofit work and social action, Maddi will see great success. BGSU is simply a better place because of Maddi Georgoff.