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August 27, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU student recognized as next generation nonprofit leader

YPSILANTI — Roy Blakely, an Eastern Michigan University sophomore majoring in social work, has won a $4,500 scholarship from American Humanics (AH) through their Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen).

The scholarship will help cover living and educational expenses while Blakely completes an internship with a nonprofit organization. Blakely will conduct a minimum 300-hour internship with the Washtenaw Community Chapter Red Cross.

In addition to the scholarship, Blakely also will be paired with a nonprofit professional who will serve as a mentor during the internship, and he’ll receive recognition at the 2009 AH Management/Leadership Institute in Indianapolis, Ind.

Blakely is a resident of Ypsilanti.

Twenty-two AH students were selected from colleges and universities across the nation by a panel of university, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. The NextGen program is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of AH students with demonstrated leadership potential complete the nonprofit internship required for AH certification in nonprofit leadership and management.


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.

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