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Junior Named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Hunter L. Ahrens ’18 is one of 273 students from Campus Compact institutions nationwide to be named a Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellow.

Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education.

The Fellowship is a one-year experience for community-committed students that provides learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

Ahrens, a political science and urban affairs major, is committed to civic involvement and engagement. In high school, the frequent C-SPAN watcher attended his local Exeter Township School Board meetings to advocate for educational causes. As an Eagle Scout, he worked with a local state legislator to organize a public event to educate the community about child sexual abuse.

Ahrens’ efforts have continued at Albright, where he works with the College’s Center for Excellence in Local Government, which assists Berks County municipal leaders in meeting the changing needs of their communities. That experience, said Ahrens, “enabled me to get a look behind the curtain and hear what was really going on around me from the men and women working day to day to provide the services that all Americans take for granted, such as running water and clean streets.”

Ahrens is applying that knowledge to his current position as an appointed member of the Exeter Planning Commission, where he works on land use and development issues. He also recently ran in the primary election for the Exeter Township School Board. He will be on the ballot in November.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.