Three EMU students receive Next Gen leaders scholarships

by Ward Mullens, Published September 03, 2009

YPSILANTI — Three Eastern Michigan University students have been selected for scholarship awards from the American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen).

Wendy Gonzalez, a post-baccalaureate student from Gregory; Evelyn Shulan, of Ann Arbor; and Ericka Wilson, of Detroit, are the EMU recipients. Each will receive a $4,500 scholarship from the program, which is underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“It is a great honor for us that almost all EMU American Humanics students who applied for this scholarship have received it - which is a testimony of the quality of our program here at EMU,” said Claudia Petrescu, director of EMU’s American Humanics Program. “Each award illustrates the students’ commitment to the nonprofit sector, their hard work in helping the community, as well as their dedication to helping others succeed. The NextGen awards are very important for us. They illustrate that internships with nonprofit organizations are valued and that, generally, a career in the nonprofit sector is valued not only in terms of prestige, but also financially.”

NextGen is a competitive scholarship program for students enrolled in American Humanics programs at 70 colleges and universities across the country. The program 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.

Gonzales is working to create a nonprofit that will help low-income people without cars to have the ability to go to work. Wilson is working with EMU’s VISION program.

Shulan is trying to decide between internships in Belize, helping immigrants who speak foreign languages; a project in Mexico defending human rights at an all-girls orphanage; volunteering at an orphanage in Ecuador; or helping those who suffer domestic violence in Peru.

EMU’s American Humanics program began in 2001 and currently has approximately 40 students.
American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations preparing undergraduates for careers with youth and human service agencies. American Humanics' mission is to prepare and certify future nonprofit professionals to work with America's youth and families.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

Ward Mullens

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