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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.

I have always had a drive to serve others and work for the common good. But I never fully realized that I could go beyond volunteerism--that my opinion and hard work could influence policy decisions. My views changed when I sat in the office of one of my legislators in Washington, DC."

-Amanda Coffin, University of Maine at Farmington, Campus Compact student leader