The Center for Civic Engagement offers several fellowships and awards.

Mary A. Hepburn Civic Engagement Fellowship

The Mary Hepburn Civic Engagement Fellowship is awarded to a senior who demonstrates interest and experience in civic engagement. This Fellowship was established in 2013 by Mary A. Hepburn, an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts, in recognition to the value of civic engagement in the undergraduate education of the College. The recipient will devote a minimum of eight hours per week of the academic year furthering the mission of the Center for Civic Engagement. The Fellow will aid the Center for Civic Engagement in the following areas:

  • Community Partner stewardship
  • Student community work coordination and oversight
  • Communications (internal and external)
  • Events planning, publicity and logistics
  • Research and data collection

Please contact the Center for Civic Engagement at for more information or to apply.

Current and Past Fellows

unnamed2016-2017: The Mary A. Hepburn Fellowship was awarded to Senior Civic Scholar Jena Angeliadis.  As the Hepburn Fellow, Jena worked on strengthening alumni relations through planning events such as the annual Alumni Networking Event. She also worked with department faculty to help facilitate the creation of innovative service activities that would also build strong relationships among her fellow civic scholars.

2015-2016: Senior Civic Scholar Victoria Korn was awarded the Mary A. Hepburn Fellowship. Victoria focused on event planning, volunteer management and coordination, and office management for the Center for Civic Engagement.

2014-2015: The Mary A. Hepburn Fellowship was awarded to Senior Civic Scholar Kia Bourdot. Kia served as a liaison between Drew University faculty and students and our community partners.

Mary A. Hepburn Civic Engagement Internship

Endowed in 2012 by Mary A. Hepburn C’54, this award supports students participating in academic internships involving substantive engagement with the community, outside the University. Expenditures may be made for stipends, plus additional costs, such as commuting, and room and board for internships pursued when the University is not in session. The award is made at the sole discretion of the internship office of the Drew University Center for Internships and Career Development, after receiving recommendations from the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement. Please contact for more information or to apply.

Patrick J. Grant Investors Bank Civic Leadership Award

The Patrick J. Grant Investors Bank Civic Leadership Award has been established by Investors Bank Foundation. It is awarded annually to outstanding students who participate in Drew University’s Civic Scholar Program and have demonstrated both dedication and exceptional contributions to community service during their years at Drew, as well as a continuing commitment to undertaking a leadership role in performing community service. The recipient fulfills the following criteria:

  • Junior or senior who participates in the University’s Drew Civic Scholar program
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • Completed an application to the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

The fund will provide a grant of $1,000 to each recipient to support his or her planning, implementation, and leadership of a year-long comprehensive community service project which will involve Drew students and faculty, as well as representatives from Investors Bank Foundation and relevant community partners organizations.


  • 1-page project description
  • Budget and budget narrative (what will you spend funds and why)
  • Statement of personal qualifications and learning goals (200-300 words)

Submit all application materials to Prof. Amy Koritz prior to deadline.

2015-2016 Recipients

Alyssa Petersen Whippany River Clean UpDrew Civic Scholar and Environmental Science major Alyssa Petersen worked with the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee to plan a clean up of the Whippany River in Madison, NJ. Volunteers saw the effects of non-point source pollution firsthand and help clean up the damage already created.  Working together, Drew students and community partners reduce the prevalence and damage of water pollution in our area.  Part of #communityactionweek at Drew.


Soil ExperimentsDrew Civic Scholar and Chemistry major on the Pre-Med track Catie Rueger helped educate middle school students about college and the STEM fields offered at Drew, in a way that is interactive and fun. Her project involved inviting forty seventh grade students from the Rosa Parks Community School in Orange, NJ to a Drew for a STEM focused college exploration day. She also worked with the Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange to assist the already existing Health Care Education Program to further promote STEM fields in the area.

2014-2015 Recipients

Drew Civic Scholar Noran Elzarka worked to address and raise awareness about the existence and impact of systemic oppression. Whether such injustices are religious, racial, gender-based or class-based, as a society Noran’s goal was to go beyond solidarity and create a space where as a community and as a university, we can learn how to intersect struggles. Through direct action and community building, Noran’s project advanced the struggle for justice and liberation for all our people.

Drew Civic Scholar Midori Tagawa worked to develop mentorship opportunities for college and high school women to encourage more females students to enter the Financial and STEM field industries. By organizing an externship program for female students at Drew, FDU, CSE and Morrsitown High School, Midori helped to expose students to these fields.

2013-14 Recipients

Drew Civic Scholar and Political Science major Megan Day worked toward breaking down the stereotypes, politicization, and dehumanization that plague the lines of communication between people in the U.S. and people in countries across the Middle East.

Drew Civic Scholar and Psychology major Sabina Camponogara focused on sexual assault prevention and awareness. Over the course of the year, she educated the campus on how to prevent and intervene in sexual assault, which included teaching Drew students facts about sexual assaults and the techniques assailants tend to use.

2012-13 Recipients

Drew Civic Scholar and Political Science and German major Nicole Kuruszko devoted her time toLife in a Jar”. This is a play based on the life of Irena Sendler, who rescued 2,500 Jewish children during World War II. The Senior Civic Project brought awareness to the difference that one person can make in his or her community, ultimately changing the world in the process. After graduating from Drew in May 2013, Nicole was admitted into the New School’s graduate program in International Relations.

Drew Civic Scholar and Environmental Science and Sustainability major Kara Pennino started the “Just TAP IT” campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of the bottled water industry on our health, economy, and environment. After graduating from Drew in May 2013, Kara accepted an Americorps position in Philadelphia working to bring healthy food to inner city neighborhoods.