Scholarship Encourages Future Nonprofit Leaders

North Park students receive American Humanics scholarships

American Humanics Scholarship

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2009) – North Park University senior Travis Moore says he is gaining valuable experience in fundraising and nonprofit organizations through the internship he was awarded through the national American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen).

NextGen Leaders earn a scholarship of $4,500 from AH during their internship, along with access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who will serve as career coaches.

The program, which is underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements, specifically the minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship.

The philosophy major interns with the ALS Association, dedicated to fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. Working in the Office of National Signature Events, he helps chapters around the country organize more than 150 Walks to Defeat ALS.

“We are there to support all these chapter walks and to help standardize things and bring in work with corporate funders to maximize walk potential,” says Moore.

Moore says he still is unsure of his career goals, but he is “heavily considering” law school so that he can be a lobbyist to promote issues of public concern.

He learned of the NextGen award opportunity through the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University. He was one of two North Park students to receive the scholarship, along with classmate Phillip Bloss, a third-year student majoring in nonprofit business administration with a minor in Spanish.

Bloss is interning with the fair-trade coffee company called Coffee Ambassadors, in Winnetka, Ill., and helping to start a nonprofit co-operative to facilitate partnerships among similar businesses.

The nonprofit will “seek higher than fair trade wages for impoverished coffee farmers through direct trade relationships that avoid coffee buying middlemen in order to pay higher prices for the coffee,” he says.

His work includes setting up a staff and board of directors, developing proper job descriptions, budget projections, funding ideas, future mission, and vision statements.

Bloss’ career goals remain open, he says, adding that he would love to work in Latin America. “All I really want to do is give opportunities to people all over the world who were born without the privileges that I was born with.”