Since the implementation of the American Humanics' NextGen Nonprofit Leaders program, a national competition that provides scholarships to students conducting internships in the nonprofit sector, a student from UNT has received the award every semester.
Brooke Moore, the university's fifth student in less than two years to be named a NextGen Leader, joins UNT's list of upcoming nonprofit leaders. Moore, a senior majoring in sociology and a 1999 graduate of Richardson High School, is the daughter of Jack Watkins of Arlington, Mark Rachel of Plano and Tami Rachel of Richardson.
Established in 1948, American Humanics is an alliance of academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and professional associations designed to prepare college and university students for professional and leadership positions in the nonprofit industry. American Humanics, Inc. is affiliated with 67 colleges and universities as well as 58 national nonprofit organizations and their local affiliates.
The Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders program began in January 2007 with a $5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Through 2012, American Humanics will select a total of 1,000 NextGen Leaders, who will receive scholarships and access to mentoring and support from a network of nonprofit leaders.
Moore is one of 22 college students selected from 15 college campuses in the United States to be named a NextGen Leader for Fall 2008. As an award recipient, she receives a $4,500 scholarship for her internship.
Moore's involvement with American Humanics began in 2005 and was driven by her membership with City Year, an AmeriCorps program which places 17- to 24-year-olds around the country for a year of public service. Her year was spent mentoring and tutoring at-risk students in San Jose, Calif. Moore recently ended a two-year term as president of UNT's American Humanics Student Association. In 2007, she was awarded the President of the Year Award by UNT's Student Activities Center.
"American Humanics has prepared me to be a part of something bigger than myself in such a proactive way, far more than what I could have ever imagined," she says.
American Humanics also offers a certificate program in nonprofit management and leadership, which Moore is working to complete. She has already fulfilled many of the requirements, including attending the American Humanics Management Institute, a yearly conference that includes workshops and a case study. The certificate program, which includes courses in fundraising, volunteer management and other skills needed in nonprofit management, is administered at UNT in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
"I have longed for a career working in the nonprofit sector," says Moore, who plans to graduate in December 2008 with her bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in nonprofit management. "Finally, I feel prepared to do so based on the encouragement and knowledge shared by both my mentors and professors here at UNT."
Two other UNT American Humanics students and two alumni of the program have earned this scholarship. Amma Cottrell, a senior international studies major, received a NextGen Scholarship in the summer of 2008 to intern with Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Allie Hallmark, a senior political science major, received the award last fall. She interned with Planned Parenthood of North Texas. Betty Wan, who graduated in the spring of 2008 with a sociology degree, received the award to intern with Habitat for Humanity of Denton County earlier this spring. Ashley Gatta, who graduated in 2006 with a sociology degree, received a NextGen Scholarship in the summer of 2007. She interned with Denton County Friends of the Family.
"The dedication and passion of UNT students for working with nonprofit organizations and individuals in the community sets them apart from a lot of other students," says Nathan Edgerton, campus executive director for UNT's American Humanics Nonprofit Leadership Program. "In addition, their leadership and experience makes them great candidates for the scholarship."
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