Apr 6, 2012 8:01 PM by Matt Jones (Great Falls)

UGF student from Helena honored with Newman Civic Fellows Award

A handful of college students from around the country are recognized each year for their achievements both on campus and beyond campus walls with the Newman Civic Fellows Award, and this year, University of Great Falls student Catherine Gray, the daughter of Helena's Mark Gray, was nominated by faculty and staff to receive the award.

The award honors student leaders from around the country for campus and civic leadership.

Catherine is a member and founder of several clubs on campus and says it was the great small school atmosphere of UGF that motivated her to get involved.

She also works with the Campus Ministry and recently organized food and medical supplies that went to earthquake victims in Haiti.

UGF president Eugene McAllister noted, "Catherine is such a visible person campus...everybody knows her...she's a leader on campus..she's a leader among the students so she just stood out."

Catherine said, "I think a part of the reason I'm so into doing these things is that I was home-schooled and that required a lot of motivation on my part, so, I mean you can't really get things done unless you have that self motivation and determination "

The Newman Civic Fellows award will allow Gray the opportunity to network with other civic-minded students across the nation.

The Newman Civic Fellows website states:

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.

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