Carroll Community College Student Katt Ritchie Receives National Award

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., June 4, 2018—    Katt Ritchie, a student at Carroll Community College who is studying to become a social worker after she graduates in 2019, has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow. Ritchie was nominated by College President Dr. James D. Ball for the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship, a program conducted by Campus Compact. The 26-year-old Westminster resident plans to attend UMBC after she graduates, and will major in Social Work and minor in Sociology. She aspires to obtain a master’s degree one day and eventually work in the Behavioral Health profession.

Ritchie has been recognized for outstanding college student leadership and community service. Persevering though personal struggles that have challenged her, Ritchie has developed a sense of empathy towards those she will one day assist. She demonstrates a proficiency for working with programs which serve others, as an avid volunteer. She is also a strong student academically, while working two paid part-time jobs.

The prestigious designation makes Ritchie one of 268 community-minded students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 40 states, Washington, D.C., Mexico and Greece. Campus Compact is a national organization that advances the public purpose of over 1,000 colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Ritchie will have access to exclusive virtual and in-person learning opportunities during the 2018-2019 academic year for the duration of the one-year fellowship term. She is also invited to attend the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference in Boston this November.

“Congratulations to Katt are indeed in order!,” said Ball. “Our College faculty, staff and administration think very highly of Katt. Her passion for learning, leadership and making a difference in the lives of others have greatly impacted Carroll Community College and our local community.”

“Receiving the Newman Civic Fellowship was a complete surprise! I strive to live my life with passion, integrity, humility and to help all of those around me. I feel called to be an advocate, a servant and a hand up for those who are struggling in any way,” said Ritchie. “My time here at Carroll has allowed me to flourish and to build connections with the community that allow me to have a wider reach within my civic engagement.”

Heather Ryan Diehl, coordinator of Experiential Learning and Student Organizations, said, “Katt has a contagious passion to improve the Carroll County community and the people who live here. She is a natural-born leader who calls us to action to fight for access and equality, and to love others who are often overlooked. There is no one more deserving than her for this prestigious recognition.”

Outstanding Leadership and Commitment

Ritchie is an active participant in the college’s comprehensive leadership program, titled “Leadership Challenge.” She has participated in activities devoted to self-discovery, leadership theory, and seminars and workshops that help students develop their leadership potential and hone effective leadership behaviors.  As a member of the Student Government Organization, she has spearheaded the development of numerous College activities and events that benefit both the internal and external community.

Ritchie has volunteered countless hours at the Human Services Programs Family Center, as well as Carroll County’s Family and Children’s Services. Both organizations provide local families and children with social services that focus on prevention, intervention, counselling and advocacy.

She has also served as president of the Service-Learning club, one of the most active student organizations. She has coordinated on and off-campus opportunities for student peers, including holiday cards for veterans, blankets for cancer patients at the local hospital, and trips to the local Cold Weather homeless shelter. She coordinated “Socktober,” an on-campus drive that provided many pairs of socks to the Community Action Agency. She planned and implemented a beauty supply drive that delivered make-up and hygiene products to women in the county Domestic Violence Safe House.

“Through my journey of service, I have come to understand how one person, fueled by love for those around them, can truly make a difference,” said Ritchie.

The Newman Civic Fellowship was created in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.


Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at