Westminster College's Alexandra Taylor Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award

Friday, April 12, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College junior early childhood/special education major Alexandra Taylor was among 181 students from 36 states honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. 

The award recognizes college student leaders who demonstrate an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

"These students represent the next generation of public problem-solvers and civic leaders," said Maureen Curley, Campus Compact president.  "They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can, and does, play in building a better world."

Taylor is actively involved in a variety of leadership organizations, including Sigma Kappa, Student Westminster Admissions Team, Fresh Start, Student Alumni Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Lambda Sigma. Taylor also serves as a camp counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp (RFKC), a national non-profit organization that provides summer camp experience for physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually abused children (ages 7-11).  Taylor also assists in the year-round fundraising and promotional efforts necessary to support the tuition free attendance of the campers.

Campus Compact wrote on its website, "Alex's participation in these groups has allowed her to develop leadership skills, demonstrate commitment to her community, good judgment, and responsible citizenry. Alex has consistently been a leader among her peers. She is trustworthy, reliable, and has shown deep commitment to community-based involvement and solutions. She is a leader in civic-engagement issues, and she is an inspiration to others."

Taylor was nominated for the award by Westminster College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman: "One of our goals at Westminster is to instill a sense of service and civic involvement in each of our students.  Alex's volunteerism and service efforts represent an excellent example of the outcomes we seek.  I am thrilled that she has been recognized nationally for her dedication to these ideals."

Taylor is a daughter of Brian and Elaine Taylor of New Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington Area High School.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.  Visit www.compact.org for additional information about the Newman Civic Fellows. 

Email Taylor at taylal22@wclive.westminster.edu for additional information. 

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Alexandra Taylor