BSC student Syed Monis Ali    2019-20 Newman Civic Fellow

Bluefield State College student Syed Monis Ali honored as 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellow

advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Bluefield State College student Syed Monis Ali.

During his years as a student at BSC, Ali has helped the College’s students engage with local business owners and community leaders through service projects and volunteer work.  He has worked with Rotaract to collect books for the New Victorian School Library in Haiti, replacing books damaged by floods and earthquakes.  He also shares his passion for science by working to deliver the College’s “Science Works” outreach program for area school children, cultivating their interest in STEM education.  He has been president of the BSC Bio-Medical Club and Rotaract Club, and serves as secretary of the College’s Student Government Association.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access 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.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at


About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact
 is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit

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