Awards and Recognition

Newman Fellow Award

The Newman Civic Fellowship 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 Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Ammarah Rehman recipient of the Newman Fellow Award

Ammarah Rehman 
International Studies: Class of 2019
Written 2018

"Ammarah Rehman is deeply dedicated to civic engagement, and building bridges between communities. Most recently, she started her own initiative called The Muslim Project- an online awareness campaign to eradicate the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding Islam, while highlighting influential Muslims. Ammarah also led an Alternative Break Trip and worked with several New Orleans schools to learn about class and privilege and in New Orleans, an opportunity that found her teaching some of her fellow students as well as learning a great deal herself. Ammarah has helped us grow and stay true to our Statement of Common Purpose, "ideas in to action and action in to service." -Sylvia Burwell, President American University 

In her words….

"My parents taught me to be a leader for change within my community and to always stand up against injustice. I was encouraged to be involved and I volunteered at local schools, shelters and food pantries. I continued volunteering in college, tutoring at local schools and leading an Alternative Spring Break Program to New Orleans focusing on the effect that race and socioeconomic class play in the education system. My engagement in college allowed me to advocate for my community while working with organizations, professors, and staff. As a Muslim American, I always saw the Muslim community portrayed negatively in the media and felt responsible to end Islamophobia. Through the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, I facilitated a semester long dialogue to discuss the ways in which Islamophobia impacts people from different identities. This inspired me to create an online awareness campaign called The Muslim Project. The mission of the project is eradicate the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding Islam while highlighting influential Muslims. My goal is to humanize people who practice Islam and mitigate the scourge of Islamophobia and bigotry through advocacy, policy, education and interfaith dialogue."  

Past Recipients of the Newman Fellow Awards

Taylor Dumpson (2017) 

Asha Smith (2016) 

Tatiana Lang (2015)

Melissa Mahfouz (2011)