Loras College announced that Crystal Kleitsch, a junior at Loras, was selected for the first class of Principal Community Scholars. This pilot program is designed to encourage student leadership in meeting community needs. Selected students receive a $1,000 scholarship from Principal upon completion of their project.
Kleitsch, of Fairbank, IA, is majoring in business management with a minor in psychology. Her project would establish an alumni board focused on building more awareness for the Loras College Dance Marathon (LCDM). Loras has been the nation’s No. 1 fundraising school per capita since 2009 for the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year, the student-led group mobilized 300 students and shattered its fundraising record, raising $201,717 and meeting its $1 million pledge.
Kleitsch is a co-leader through the college’s Campus Ministry program, a co-coordinator of Loras service trips, and a director of the Alumni and Special Events committee through LCDM. She is also heavily involved in volunteerism through AmeriCorps and at Dupaco Community Credit Union, Dubuque, where she works.
The Principal Community Scholars Program is a prestigious opportunity for college students to lead social change on their campus and in their communities. Iowa and California Campus Compact select a cohort of students each semester from member colleges and universities across the two states through a competitive process.