CONCORD – Kelly Pilotte, current Business major and 2022 graduate of the Addiction Counseling program at NHTI – Concord’s Community College, has been named a 2023 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.
Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The organization’s 2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows comprises 154 students, including Pilotte. These students come from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.
“The Newman Civic Fellowship award is a great opportunity to learn. I hope to encourage others to find their own path in serving to those around them,” Pilotte said. “The same people who work towards supporting the development and well-being of others are ultimately the ones who find success in their own leadership. These are the people who can and will change the world.” The New England native is heavily involved with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a vice president at NHTI – Concord’s Community College and with the New England Region as a regional officer. She has served in a variety of roles including military service, marathon running, and parenting, and has served as a trustee on the Community College System of New Hampshire’s (CCSNH) Board of Trustees, representing all CCSNH students.
“While Kelly’s pursuit of a college degree was motivated by tragic circumstances, her drive to turn trauma into an ambitious goal that brought her to NHTI’s Addiction Counseling and Business degree programs,” said Dr. Patrick Tompkins, president of NHTI. “Kelly established the Michael Stephen Boyd Memorial Foundation, which will give way to an addiction recovery center in her son’s name. Her community service and purposeful pursuit of knowledge gives me confidence that she will realize her goal to open a recovery center and continue to serve our community.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for the late Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference in Boston of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarships and post-graduate opportunities.
“We are honored to recognize such an outstanding group of community-committed students,” said Bobbie Laur, Campus Compact president. “One of the best parts of the Newman Civic Fellowships is the richness of students’ perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds—and how these varied stories all led to their passionate engagement with the social, political, and environmental issues impacting our world. These students will be the catalysts for change on many levels, and we are privileged to help empower them to create that change.”
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