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Source: Olivia Collins, 785-532-6502,

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Four Kansas State University students are recipients of 2009-2010 American Humanics Academic Award scholarships.

The $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, involvement in the student's American Humanics campus program and commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector.

Recipients, all students in the K-State School of Leadership Studies' American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus minor, are: Dana Aumick, senior in family studies and human services, Bennington; Bridget Howland, senior in marketing, Fairway; Molly Hamm, senior in English and secondary education, Shawnee; and Kari Phelan, senior in management, Omaha, Neb.

"Only 20 scholarships were awarded this cycle and K-Staters earned four of them -- the most of any university," said Olivia Collins, director of the American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus at the School of Leadership Studies. Collins said 90 students representing 37 different American Humanics campuses nationwide applied for the scholarships.

The four K-State students are pursuing the American Humanics national certification in nonprofit management and leadership, the only national certification program of its kind, Collins said.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. Founded in 1948, American Humanics is affiliated with more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide, with more than 80 national and regional nonprofit organizations including the March of Dimes and YMCA.