Lea Winfield, a senior at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, received the inaugural Community Impact Student Awardfrom theNorth Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) on November 11 at its annual student conference.
UNCP student Lea Winfield, center, poses with Impact award. On the left is state Sen. Janet Cowell and at right is state Rep. Linda Coleman, both of Wake County.
The award is presented each year to students who have made significant, innovative contributions to campus-based efforts to address community needs. Winfield was one of 21 college students from across North Carolina to be recognized for outstanding achievement.
North Carolina Sen. Janet Cowell and Rep. Linda Coleman, both representing Wake County, presented the award during the awards ceremony luncheon before an audience of more than 240 college students representing 26 colleges and universities in three states.
Since her freshman year, Winfield has been active with UNCP’s Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) and serves on its board of directors.
“I was extremely delighted to know that I was being recognized for making an impact in the community; it was a true blessing!” Winfield said. “I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Edmund Everett Hale: ‘I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something: and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do.’”
Winfield’s volunteer activities have included tutoring area youth and serving as a Guardian Ad Litem, where she advocates for foster children in court. Winfield chaired the University’s Campaign for Compassion, which targets social issues such as hunger and homelessness.
She received CLS’ Distinguished Leader Award three consecutive years. She also worked for the campus newspaper and in student governance.
CLS coordinator Aubrey Swett said Winfield is very deserving of the award.
“Lea is one of the campus leaders here who recognizes needs as opportunities to act,” Swett said. “She is an effective leader with a sharp focus on the future, and she is willing to get out of her comfort zone to get things done.”
North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) is a statewide coalition of college and university presidents and chancellors in North Carolina that was established to encourage and support campus engagement in the community.