Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholar Spotlight: Angelica Shaw

By Tom McLaughlin

Since its inception in fall 2011, the Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars program has partnered with more than forty organizations in the university’s host city, with Civic Scholars – committing 300 hours of community service in an academic year – contributing to projects and initiatives ranging from community building, healthcare, volunteer recruitment, homeless outreach, youth program enrichment, college access, and urban environmental justice.

On May 21, nine Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars will be the first from this fast-growing and indispensable cadre of volunteers to graduate from Rutgers–Camden – including four from the original cohort: Amy Mallon, Shaili Patel, Angelica Shaw, and Russell Tichian.

In a series of portraits, these exemplary humanitarians share their invaluable experiences and lessons learned, and offer words of advice for others interested in taking this personal pledge of service.

Angelica Shaw
Major: Psychology
Minors: Biology and Sociology
Hometown: A native of Philadelphia, Angelica has been a longtime resident of Marlton
High School: Cherokee High School, Marlton

shaw-copy Inspiration to Serve

When I first read about the Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholar program during my senior year of high school, I was intrigued because I wanted to get involved in college. I definitely was not expecting what I signed up for – in a good way!

The program offered me a lot of what I was seeking. I was always pretty civic minded, but it gave me the ability to not only learn, but to grow as an individual and become more aware of everything around me.

Primary Roles

During my freshman year, I hopped around to different service sites in the city, such as The Neighborhood Center and Cathedral Kitchen. I wanted to experience as much as possible and find my niche – and I did.

I spent the majority of my time as a Civic Scholar at the Hill Family Center for College Access on the Rutgers–Camden campus. My site coordinator, JarDaine Brown, shaped my love for education and college access to the highest degree. He made me realize just how important higher education really is. I spent the majority of my time making lesson plans for the students that would come through the center, and actively spent my free time trying to figure out new ways to track and strategize for our students.

I spent the past year and a half working for TeenSHARP as a College Access Ambassador for the high school cohort, leading discussions on topics such as social justice awareness and college literacy.

In the Know

I think that I have grown to fully realize just how important “knowing” your community is. I do not live in the City of Camden, but it is my second home. I have met and worked with people who have wholly shaped who I am today.

Citizens of Change

I think that Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars absolutely have the ability to effect change in the city – we have the ability to be citizens of change.

Prepare for an Adventure

In terms of advice to future Civic Scholars, I would have to say, ‘Get ready for the ride of your life.’ I have experienced so many new things that I never would have had the opportunity to do as a typical student.

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