Victoria native to join United Way staff through fellowship

Aug. 26, 2010 at 3:26 a.m.

Johndavid Compian will join the Victoria County United Way as an R.M. Tinstman fellow, the organization announced Tuesday.

The fellowship is a chance to look into a career in nonprofit management, while giving back to the community, Compian said.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to run a major nonprofit organization, and I look forward to learning and being of service," he said.

Throughout the fellowship, Compian will spend 20 hours a week during the 2010 fall semester completing various assignments for the Victoria County United Way, said Clifford Grimes, the organization's executive director. Throughout his time with the nonprofit group, he will gain experience in areas such as marketing, fundraising, volunteer deployment and operations.

"We are excited about working with this young student to help him move his career forward and at the same time supplement our staff," Grimes said. "We are grateful to the United Ways of Texas for this opportunity."

Compian, a native Victorian, graduated from Memorial High School and went on to the University of Texas - Dallas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus on government and politics. He is a full-time student at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he is pursuing a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on homeland security and communications.

Compian is an Eagle Scout and avid soccer player, who also coaches and referees the sport.

The fellowship is a United Ways of Texas honor named after Bob Tinstman. Tinstman gave a lifetime of service to his community, country and the United Way.

The fellowship was established to provide opportunities for promising college students to explore the possibility of a career in the United Way system.



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