PITTSBURGH – Jeannette Schollaert, a third year student at Chatham University, was selected as this year’s Newman Civic Fellow, an award coordinated by Campus Compact.
Schollaert is an active student leader heavily invested in women’s rights and gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. For the past two years she has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment and action at Chatham University, to advocate for equal opportunities among genders.
She is a valued contributor to public policy efforts in Pennsylvania by co-developing a well-organized action plan designed to influence elected officials, partner with relevant organizations in the state, and inspire and educate girls at local schools about STEM education opportunities.
The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”
Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.
Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.