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Student wins national American Humanics award

Aug. 17, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University student Aaron Booth of Dearborn, Mich., is one of just 38 students nationwide identified as future leaders in nonprofit work and philanthropy.

Booth and other reward recipients will each receive a $4,500 scholarship through the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program to cover expenses while completing an internship with a nonprofit organization. A senior majoring in communication, he will undertake a minimum 300-hour internship with Drive Safe Kalamazoo, a WMU student organization that offers free, non-judgmental safe rides home for WMU students. The six-year-old organization has provided more than 40,000 rides during its existence.

In addition to the scholarship, each NextGen Leader is paired with a nonprofit professional mentor during the internship. They also will be recognized at the 2010 American Humanics Management/Leadership Institute in Phoenix, an annual educational symposium.

Established in 1948, American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. It is affiliated with 67 colleges and universities and 22 national nonprofit organizations and their affiliates. The NextGen Leader awards are underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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

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