Active in community-based efforts since her arrival on the Southwestern Christian University campus three years ago, Caney junior Faith Mincher was recently honored with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellows Award, a nationwide tribute to nearly 200 college students striving to make a difference in their communities.
“I am truly humbled to receive the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow award, and I am honored to represent Southwestern Christian University,” Mincher said. “I am appreciative to the President (Ed) Huckeby , Professor (Cindi) Carey and others at SCU who submitted my nomination. They have all been an inspiration to me during my time here."
The Newman panel of judges praised Mincher for her work as an energetic leader for the SCU campus by galvanizing young elementary students as an after-school volunteer tutor for the Jedidiah Ministry, a local organization which serves children without mothers in the home. In addition, she is the leader and organizer of the “Free Camp” committee, a group which provides traditional summer camp experiences for children from broken homes.
“Faith serves as a consistent “mother figure” for children and has a passion for providing positive reinforcements for the betterment of their childhood experience,” the Newman judges said. “She is truly a model student who has the unique ability to motivate a large group of young individuals to affect positive change in her community in profound ways.”
Giving back to the community and being civically engaged, Mincher explains, is a way of life and it is not something that she sets out to do for recognition.
“Helping others—I do feel as though that is my purpose,” Mincher said.
"We are extremely proud of Faith for her leadership on campus, at the state level, and in the community," said Huckeby. "We are delighted that she has been recognized with this distinguished award. As a student leader, she serves in many capacities and diligently works on behalf of young children throughout the state. She has a true passion for helping others."
Mincher and 14 other students from around Oklahoma were part of a group of 196 students from 36 states who were selected for the Newman award. Each winner was nominated by their university president for having demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing their communities throughout the country.
Each Oklahoma Newman Civic Fellow will receive a $500 scholarship award and be recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at their monthly meeting.
Mincher’s nomination was chosen from a list of those submitted by the SCU Faculty Senate
Thu, April 10, 2014
by Justin Tinder