Stanbridge University has become the first ever California Campus Compact (CACC) member-campus to receive 26 Community Engagement Student Fellowships (CESF) in a two-year period. The CACC CESF is a valuable program that provides a variety of opportunities for students to enhance their educational experience through service. The unprecedented total of 26 fellowships since 2016 is an impressive feat that speaks to the importance of service to Stanbridge’s educational programs and the drive and ambition of its students.
Campus Compact is a national organization that consists of over 1,000 public and private colleges and universities and is the only higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement on a national level. The CACC is one branch of the national association that has helped students create unique and meaningful projects and improvements; each one tailored to a different field of study and tactically coordinated for maximum impact on the communities who need it most.
While the qualifying schools typically receive fellowships for 1 to 2 students per year, Stanbridge University has had the unique opportunity to engage 16 of its students across its Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Veterinary Technician programs with fellowship programs in 2016. In 2017, Stanbridge students have received 10 additional community service fellowships.
“California Campus Compact applauds Stanbridge University’s leadership and commitment to engaging students in meaningful service experiences as part of their educational experience,” Dr. Elaine Ikeda, Executive Director, California Campus Compact stated. “We are proud to have Stanbridge University participate in our CESF program and know their students are making an important contribution to the community through service.”
The impact of the CESF program on the participating student fellows and on the people and organizations they serve is undeniable, and has become a signature component of the community service initiative at Stanbridge, and in turn, a greater education in humanity and healing.
Some of the organizations the CESF students work with include High Hopes Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Life College, Illumination Foundation, the Orange County Zoo, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the GetWell Network.