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For Immediate Release: April 9, 2014

Providence College Student Honored by National Civic Organization


Providence, R.I. – Gretta Schaaf  ’15, a resident of Foxboro, Mass., and a Public and Community Service Studies major at Providence College, was recently selected one of 197 undergraduates from 36 states to receive a Newman Civic Fellow Award by Campus Compact.

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.

The Newman Civic Fellow Award honors college student leaders who have demonstrated the capacity to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. They are nominated by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in civic and social responsibility and in public leadership.

Since her first semester at PC, Schaaf has been engaged in the greater Providence community, focused on issues of education and justice through her work with the EXPLORE! program.  The mission of the program is to “promote awareness of, access to, and readiness for college and career among first-generation urban high school students.” Through her long-term commitment to the students at the Academy for Career Exploration, Schaaf has built relationships with school leaders and students, facilitating conversations that empower students to imagine their future within higher education and professional careers.

As a service-learning assistant within the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at the College, Schaaf has supported the broader work of cultivating reciprocal partnerships between the College and community organizations. She acts as a partner and collaborator around issues such as service-learning orientation and training, student leadership development, and reflection.

“Gretta approaches her work in the community with a deep sense of civic responsibility, a compassionate concern for the human dignity of her neighbors, and a focus on cultivating sustainable partnerships,” said Meghan Griffiths, assistant director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at PC.

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. For more than a decade, Providence College has consistently been ranked as one of the top five regional universities in the north in U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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