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Oberlin College Creates Public Service Fellowship, Seeks Community Partner Applications

February 7, 2014

Communications Staff

Oberlin College is pleased to announce the President’s Public Service Fellowship, a new initiative to foster positive change in the local community. To begin in summer 2014, this fellowship will provide funding for three Oberlin College students to serve full-time during the summer with select Oberlin community partners on an intensive service project that will engage local teens by focusing on youth empowerment, leadership, the arts, and/or ecological and economic sustainability.

Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov recognizes the need to support students’ desires to be a part of a local organization and the community during the summer months. “In keeping with Oberlin's tradition of community engagement, we are creating this new opportunity for students to fulfill their passion for public service within the Oberlin community,” says President Krislov. “This program will assist local agencies that fill a critical need in the community, while at the same time empowering students to cultivate change.”

The college’s Bonner Center for Service and Learning (BCSL), which will administer the program, seeks applications for fellowship placements from nonprofit and public sector agencies in the city of Oberlin. Interested community partners can find application materials on the BCSL’s website.

Available placements will be announced in early March, and student applications will be due March 14, 2014.

Questions about the fellowship and application process can be directed to the BCSL via e-mail:

Media Contact:
Beth Blissman, Director
Oberlin College Bonner Center for Service & Learning
145 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1556
440/775-8055; Fax/440/775-8754

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