Midwest City, Okla. – Lindsey Johnson, sophomore at Rose State College, was one of ten Oklahoma students recognized as 2016 Newman Civic Fellows today during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting.
The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Students are nominated by their college or university president.
Johnson, a pre-education major at RSC, is a member of the President’s Leadership Class, a student senator and president of T.E.A.C.H. Club. Her passion for children’s education has led to several projects to serve underprivileged elementary-aged children in the community. She coordinated a book drive for students at Willow Brook Elementary School, as well as a backpack and school supplies drive benefiting 245 students. She also chaired the Rumble into Reading event, an opportunity for first-graders at Telstar and Willow Brook schools to meet Rumble the Bison and select books from the Rolling Thunder Book Bus.
Dr. Jeanie Webb, Rose State College President, nominated Lindsey for the award. Webb said, “Lindsey has shown remarkable ability to network with other students and community. Not only is she a leader who finds strength in servanthood, she also has immense potential to enact and inspire change.”
After graduation from Rose State College this May, Lindsey will transfer to Oklahoma State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in education. She plans to continue her community involvement while pursuing her bachelor’s degree and after college as well.