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Campus Compact > Initiatives > Awards Programs > Newman Civic Fellows Award > The 2013 Newman Civic Fellows > Elizabeth Lynch, Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus/Franklin

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Elizabeth Lynch, Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus/Franklin

Elizabeth Lynch, a second year student at Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus/Franklin, is active in helping those who can’t help themselves. During the last year, she has been researching, along with a team, how a low-socioeconomic background affects those students and their persistence rates through graduation. After meeting with college officials, she is now creating a business to plan to launch a student mentoring program this Fall 2013. Elizabeth has an amazing ability to unite a wide variety of people, from administrators to faculty to fellow students, to believe in this cause. Already, a number of key people have pledged their time and energy in support of the mentorship program. She truly believes that when we help one person, we are also helping ourselves.

Thanks to Campus Compact for all that you have done over the years to nurture the campus service and service-learning movement. When we started at St. A's 15 years ago there was a feeling among some campuses that we were seeing higher education's latest 'flash in the pan.' Instead it was the beginning of a revolution of ideas and relationships, and you guys have been fueling us all the way."

-Daniel Forbes, Director, Meelia Center for Community Service, Saint Anselm College