UHV grad student prepares for service career with fellowship

Sept. 4, 2010 at 4:04 a.m.

University of Houston-Victoria graduate student Johndavid Compian is assisting a local charity this semester and getting some valuable business experience along the way.

Compian recently joined the Victoria County United Way as a R.M. Tinstman fellow.

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

"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," Compian said.

The R.M. Tinstman Fellowship is part of the legacy from an estate to help young college students enter careers in the nonprofit sector, said Cliff Grimes, Victoria County United Way executive director. Compian will spend 20 hours a week at the local United Way office during the fall semester.

The fellowship partners with local United Ways with a 50-percent match toward an employee's compensation, Grimes said. Compian is the first student employed by Victoria County United Way under the fellowship.

For Compian, a Victoria native and Memorial High School graduate, the job will provide solid experience and a sense of service.

"I believe nonprofits have great benefit for our society," Compian said. "They provide services that government can't always fulfill."

Compian is familiar with service projects as he fulfilled his Eagle Scout requirements by building a concrete wheelchair ramp at his church.

Compian is a full-time student at UHV, where he is pursuing a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on homeland security and communication. He is an avid soccer player, who also coaches and referees the sport.



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