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Emerging nonprofit leaders earn national recognition

April 27, 2009

Thirteen ASU American Humanics (AH) students have been awarded Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) scholarships and one student has been selected as a recipient of the 2009-10 American Humanics Academic Award. This all-time high number of ASU AH NextGen students will each receive $4,500 from NextGen as part of a multi-year Kellogg Foundation Grant to American Humanics, Inc. to support students across the American Humanics campus affiliate network. The NextGen scholarships support costs associated with the students’ senior internships in nonprofits. The Academic Award is a $1,000 scholarship; one of only 20 awarded out of over 90 applications. 

ASU American Humanics NextGen scholarship recipients:
• Frank Carbone, Jr. of Cleveland
• Emily Curry of Chandler, Ariz.
• Candida Henriquez of  Mesa, Ariz.
• Chris Maddox of Phoenix
• Rachael Mangum of Mesa, Ariz.
• Julianne Mate of Phoenix
• Erika Moore of Los Angeles
• Kristina Oniszko of Tucson, Ariz.
• Andrea Payne of Tempe, Ariz.
• Jenna Schaefer of St. Paul, Minn.
• Jennifer Speer of San Antonio
• Megan Trombetta of Phoenix
• Laura Zilverberg of Minneapolis

American Humanics Acadamic Award:
• Alexandra Paul of Phoenix

“Receiving 14 scholarships in one year is quite an accomplishment for the American Humanics program at ASU,” said Stacey Freeman, Program Coordinator, Sr. for the ASU AH program. “We are so proud of our students’ hard-work and dedication to both academics and the nonprofit sector.”

This group of scholarship recipients was awarded a total of $59,500. Since the establishment of the NextGen program, ASU AH students have received $103,500 in NextGen scholarships. In the past, nonprofits at which NextGen awardees have interned contributed $24,600 in match monies. That means, to date, ASU AH students have received a total of $128,100 in support of the costs associated with their senior internships. Alexandra Paul joins a long list of past ASU AH students to receive the American Humanics Academic Award, including Jenna Schaefer, a current recipient of the NextGen scholarship.

“ASU is a national leader in preparing next generation leaders for the nonprofit sector,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and professor of nonprofit studies at ASU. “We have several programs and strategies in place to assure we are helping solve this human resource pipeline issue and our American Humanics program leads the way. Garnering this number of student awards is a testimony to the caliber of our AH students and their yearning to apply passion and competence to their nonprofit careers.”

Founded in 1980, ASU American Humanics is a program of the School of Community Resources and Development, in association with the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management). ASU is one of the leading programs in the nation, preparing future nonprofit professionals. Students pursuing American Humanics certification complete various experiential requirements including active participation in the student association, 18 credit hours of in-class coursework, and a 12 credit hour internship. For more information, visit:

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit: