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Emerging nonprofit leaders earn Next Generation scholarships

August 25, 2009

Four Arizona State University American Humanics (AH) students have been awarded Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) scholarships. These 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.

ASU American Humanics NextGen scholarship recipients:

• Traci Cowley of Tempe, Ariz.
• Alexandra Harmon of Phoenix
• Alexandra Paul of Phoenix
• Samuel Richard of Phoenix

This group of scholarship recipients was awarded a total of $18,000. Since the establishment of the NextGen program, ASU AH students have received $121,500 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 $146,100 in support of the costs associated with their senior internships.

"We are grateful to the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for having the wisdom to invest in next generation leaders of the nonprofit sector through monies provided through American Humanics to local campus affiliates of AH," says Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and a professor of nonprofit studies at ASU. "It is encouraging that these young leaders are inspired to serve while also applying competencies they've learned through our AH/ASU program to realize such positive results in our communities."

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

Amy Cox O'Hara,
(602) 496-0185
Lodestar Center

Jill Watts,
(602) 496-0189