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Citadel News Service
6 Apr 2017

Citadel Cadet Bo Cain named Newman Civic Fellow

“His passion for equity in education and economic opportunity is visible and infectious”

A cadet who is an Eagle Scout and the son of two veterans can now add “Newman Civic Fellow” Jeffery Bo Cain Newman Civic Fellow The Citadel to his list of accomplishments. Cadet Jeffery “Bo” Cain is a junior from Commerce, Georgia who is majoring in political science. He was recently named Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges in their communities.

The President of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, provided Cain’s nomination. It read:

“The son of two veterans, Cadet Bo Cain learned early on what a life of selfless service looks like. Bo came to the Citadel as an Eagle Scout, ready to engage, and has been an outstanding leader in service learning and civic engagement. The primary focus of his 300+ hours of service has been helping high-risk youth rise above their health and/or socioeconomic circumstances to achieve their maximum potential. He has mobilized the 80-100 students in his cadet company to support the work of the Metanoia community in North Charleston, particularly the student summer and after-school programs. His deep respect and compassion for others have made him effective at engaging a diverse array of children, youth, college students, and community partners. His passion for equity in education and economic opportunity is visible and infectious. He is excited to learn from peers and mentors throughout the Newman Civic Fellow Program network.”

Part of the Newman Civic Fellow application process requires the nominee to provide a personal statement. Cain’s reads as follows:

“I must admit that when I first starting volunteering with at-risk learners, I had no idea how it would transform my life. After one week of working with these children, I felt truly connected to them and I knew that, no matter what, I wanted to continue working to help them succeed. Many people do not understand why I feel so passionately about at-risk students or why I would put up with elementary children resisting my efforts to help them, but for me, it is very personal. My sister experienced many of the same struggles throughout school. However, the one thing that separated her from them is that she had a support network in our family and in her schools. Most of the children I work with do not have that same support. Having had such privilege growing up I feel obliged to give back in some way. Working with at-risk students has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done. I know that all of these kids are capable of truly awesome things.

Cain expects to graduate from The Citadel as a member of the Class of 2018.

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