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CSUCI Biology student named 2017 Newman Fellow

Marisol Luis

Marisol Luis

Camarillo, Calif. — CSU Channel Islands Biology major Marisol Luis is  one of 273 students nationwide who have been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow.

Luis, who graduated on May 20, plans to apply to graduate school in hopes of eventually going on to earn her Ph.D. and study stem cells.

The Newman Civic Fellowships are awarded by Boston-based Campus Compact, a non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Luis, who is the first in her family to attend college, said she has always felt a gravitational pull toward helping others in any way she could.

“Experiencing poverty while growing up has pushed me to seek positive change in the world. I always asked myself ‘Why should I progress and not help my neighbor along the way?” she said. “That is why I started mentoring underrepresented, first-generation college students for many years.”

Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship is named in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, and is supported by the KPMG Foundation and by the Newman’s Own Foundation.

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