Kentucky Wesleyan student Jessica Shelton honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Kentucky Wesleyan College sophomore Jessica Shelton has been selected as a member of Campus Compact’s 2019-20 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Shelton, a graduate of Daviess County High School, is one of 262 students nationwide to receive the honor. She is Wesleyan’s third Newman Civic Fellow and was chosen for her multitude of volunteer efforts with multiple organizations on and off campus.

“Jessica Shelton has been an outstanding student leader during her time at Wesleyan,” said President Bart Darrell. “She is currently the vice president of Philanthropy and Keeper of Ritual for AOII, the secretary for Panhellenic, the chair of philanthropy for the Student Government Association, and an active member of multiple other campus organizations and clubs, including Campus Ministries.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“To be selected as a Newman Civic Fellow is such an honor,” said Shelton. “I look forward to this opportunity to represent Kentucky Wesleyan College. I am thankful for the support of President Darrell and all of the faculty and staff at Wesleyan that have helped me achieve this honor. I am excited for the opportunity to meet students from other institutions and learn from each other. I hope to bring new ideas and initiatives back to Owensboro and our college through this experience.”

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“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a United Methodist-related four-year institution in Owensboro, Ky., which fosters a liberal arts education that nourishes and prepares students intellectually, spiritually and physically to achieve success in life.