Jaime Figueroa of Lynn is the recipient of the national Newman Civic Fellow Award, presented to student leaders committed to creating lasting change. The honor is named for Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. Figueroa just graduated from North Shore Community College (NSCC) and will enter Suffolk University this fall on a Dean’s Scholarship as a Business Administration Transfer Student with a concentration in Corporate Finance.At NSCC, Jaime was involved with many activities: President, National Society for Leadership and Success; Vice President of the Student Government Association; student representative to CommUniverCity; and served on the following committees: Seeking Alternative Child Care for Students, Committee to Provide Equitable Access to Text Books, Academic Affairs Governance, and Civic Learning.
An advocate for the underserved, Figueroa also organized coat and blood drives, volunteers serving at soup kitchens, advocates for homeless youth and tutors youth in math.
Figueroa is also the recipient of the National Engaged Leader Award.
“Jaime is a leader and fearless advocate for others. He is passionate about battling social challenges and is motivated to make a difference in the community at large,” said Cate Kaluzny, NSCC’s Service Learning Coordinator. “I have no doubt that this is just the beginning of what Jaime is capable of and that he will continue to address the needs of people both locally and in the larger community.”
Figueroa, center, is pictured with NSCC President Patricia Gentile, left and NSCC’s Service Learning Coordinator Cate Kaluzny.