SVC Student Sean Moore Receives National Newman Civic Fellow Award

May 16, 2011

Southern Vermont College student Sean Moore II of Upper Marlboro, Md., was one of 135 students from 30 states to receive a Newman Civic Fellows Award this year by Campus Compact, the national coalition of college and university presidents. The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

A junior at SVC, Moore is a student leader with a commitment to mentoring others. An academic standout and two-sport athlete, Moore is actively involved in SVC’s Pipelines into Partnership program, designed to ensure that vulnerable students get to and through college. As lead mentor, Moore helps select, train and guide other SVC students to be mentors in this program. His experiences working in China in Fall 2010 enabled him to handle the challenges of being in a new environment and finding one’s way. “Sean Moore leads by example, encouraging success for each student accepted into the Pipeline program, and he is dedicated to their success,” said SVC President Karen Gross. “He is an exemplary role model for other students.”

College and university presidents from 30 states nominated their most promising student leaders in honor of the award named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. “These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can – and does play in building a better world,” explains Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents – representing some 6 million students – who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, college and university presidents acknowledge students with the ability and motivation to create lasting change in our communities. For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit