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UW-RF Receives Midwest Campus Compact-Citizen Scholars Grant

JUNE 9, 2006--The Academic Success Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received a 2006-07 Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholars Fellowship program (M3C Fellows Program) grant to support $1,000 scholarships for up to 15 students who perform at least 300 hours of community service.

This is the second year of grant funding for the M3C scholarship program, according to Amy Lloyd, student support services adviser at UW-RF, who oversees the program on campus, called Falcon Fellows.

This summer, seven students are completing the first-year fellowship program, called Falcon Fellows. "The program started last spring, and we participated in the in the American Reads program, as well as tutored at the elementary and junior high schools in River Falls," said Lloyd. "We partnered with River Falls Public Library to put on three reading programs--Boxcar Children, Dr. Seuss's Birthday, and Reading around the World. These events were pretty well attended by the community."

This year's grant allows the Falcon Fellows program to expand to host five or six reading events with the River Falls library. The program is also now composed of two groups, including first-year students who will work with the reading program, and sophomores, juniors and seniors who will work with the Upward Bound program and precollege camps at UW-RF.

"Our division's prolific grant funding is unlike anything I have ever seen outside the faculty ranks," said Blake Fry, dean for student development and campus diversity.

Committed to integrating education with civic engagement among campuses across the Midwest, The M3C Fellows Program is a nine-state initiative led by the Wisconsin Campus Compact. 

The M3C Fellows Program is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program. Students who are involved in this program will receive an education award to use toward tuition, loan payments, etc. in return for community service. The program seeks to foster a deep appreciation and understanding of democratic values and citizenship among participants, and nurture the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that lead to a lifelong commitment to active community and civic engagement.

Students who receive the scholarships are working on projects such as tutoring elementary, middle school and high school students in reading, mathematics and other subjects; building Habitat for Humanity homes; working with Boys' and Girls' clubs and Big Brothers/Big Sisters; or working at humane societies or volunteering at healthcare organizations among other activities.

UW-River Falls will showcase its programs at a conference of the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium, comprised of the campus compacts in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, on Oct. 12-13 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis.  

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