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Top photo: Crystal Delbosque
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Next-gen nonprofit leaders receive scholarships

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 3, 2008)--UTSA junior American studies major Crystal Delbosque and junior management major Luis Tienda Jr. received $4,500 scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year to support their studies and internships in the nonprofit sector. The Next Generation Leadership Award was presented by American Humanics, UTSA's nonprofit management certificate program.

The award helps defray costs associated with completing unpaid internships with nonprofit organizations, a requirement of the American Humanics program.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. At UTSA, students can pursue a minor in nonprofit management through the program. UTSA is one of only three universities in Texas offering American Humanics certification for undergraduates.

"Even when pursuing careers with social service organizations, students continue to accumulate expenses through tuition and cost of living," said Francesca Rattray, director of UTSA's American Humanics program. "Young professionals will often experience unpaid internships or low-pay positions upon entering the nonprofit sector. Many become dissuaded or consider the corporate sector when they look at student loan debt coming due and the costs of buying a home and starting a family. Scholarships will enable these students to more easily enter an underserved, understaffed realm of human service."

According to Rattray, once a young professional completes his or her first few years at a nonprofit agency, the skills obtained can dramatically increase a person's marketability.

The American Humanics nonprofit management minor requires three business courses (accounting, management and marketing), two nonprofit courses (nonprofit management and fundraising), a 300-hour internship with a nonprofit organization and attending at least one of the annual American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) educational symposiums.

Since September, Delbosque interned at Stand Up For Kids, a program that provides outreach to homeless youth. This summer, Tienda is interning at an organization that works with at-risk children.

American Humanics applications are being accepted for the 2008-2009 academic year. For information, contact Francesca Rattray at (210) 458-2691.

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