For Release June 25
DALLAS – Campus Compact has awarded the 2007 Frank Newman Leadership Award, which honors outstanding civic leadership, to Roslynn Almas, a sophomore at Brookhaven College. Campus Compact is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.
Campus Compact selects one student from a two-year college and one from a four-year university for this award each year. Almas, along with Douglas Finley of Georgetown University, will receive the award at the Education Leadership Colloquium in Philadelphia July 10-11. The Frank Newman Leadership Award supports students with financial need who have shown civic leadership potential through public and community service and scholastic achievement. The award totals $10,000, with $5,000 from the Frank Newman Leadership Fund, managed by Campus Compact, and a matching award from the college.
Almas graduated from Skyline High School in 1997, and began working in the finance industry. She began attending Brookhaven College in 2005. Almas plans to continue her education at Southern Methodist University pursuing a double major in political science and journalism. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, a two-year honor society, and the United Nations Student Alliance–Brookhaven Chapter. She hopes to work with the United Nations or a non-governmental organization dealing with foreign policy.
While at Brookhaven, Almas has participated in numerous service-learning activities. Most recently, she worked at the Stewpot, a Dallas-based organization that provides social programming for needy, poor and at-risk youth. Almas notes that this experience and others like it “left a lasting impact on my beliefs regarding civic and community involvement.”
According to Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president of Brookhaven College, Almas is “poised to become one of our promising young leaders.” Almas was recently selected to be a student delegate at the Association of Community College Trustees' National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., where she helped inform Congress about issues faced by community colleges.
The award provides financial support and mentorship to help students achieve their civic and academic goals, and is named in honor of Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact and a leader in educational theory and reform.
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