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Two students chosen as NextGen Nonprofit Leaders

Jan. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University students recently were selected for a scholarship and identified as future leaders in nonprofit work and philanthropy.

The two WMU scholarship winners in the American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program are Ashlee Brennan, a senior public relations major from Comstock Park, Mich., and Hanna Dockweiler, a junior from Kalamazoo majoring in interpersonal communication with a minor in history.

Underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the initiative is a competitive scholarship program for students enrolled in American Humanics academic programs at 70 colleges and universities across the country. NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements, specifically a 300-hour internship with a nonprofit organization. NextGen Leaders will receive a $4,500 scholarship during their internship along with access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who will serve as mentors.

Brennan and Dockweiler are two of 16 WMU students selected since the program started in March 2007. Dockweiler will be conducting her internship with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. Brennan will be conducting hers with the Community Healing Center in Kalamazoo.

To date, 385 students nationwide have been selected as NextGen Leaders, awarded a total of just over $1.7 million.

For more information, contact Janice Maatman at jmaatman@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8945.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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