DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, Iowa’s first college, announced today 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.
“Leading others to finding their own potential is both exciting and gratifying for me,” Kleitsch said. “Participating in this program will allow me to stay on track with continuing my volunteering and leading throughout Loras and Dubuque, while developing my skills and abilities for the future.”
Kleitsch, of Fairbank, Iowa, 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.
“While focusing on the miracle families in the Dubuque area is our top priority, the final total we raise at the end of the school year impacts the families and the hospital as a whole as well,” she said.
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.
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Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.