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Source: Olivia Collins,
News release prepared by: Andrew Morris, 785-532-2535,

Friday, Sept. 3, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Two Kansas State University students interested in careers with nonprofit or philanthropic organizations have been selected as fall 2010 Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders by American Humanics.

Recipients are Lyndsay Bruns, senior in marketing, Lenexa; and Logan Jones, senior in family studies and human services, Newton. Both students have leadership studies minors in the American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus offered through K-State's School of Leadership Studies.

As Next Generation Leaders, they each receive a $4,500 scholarship from American Humanics, along with access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who serve as mentors.

Twenty-six K-State students in the American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus of the leadership studies minor have now been selected as Next Generation Leaders since the program was created in 2007, according to Olivia Collins, director of K-State's American Humanics program.

Underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the competitive scholarship program is for students enrolled in American Humanics programs at more than 60 colleges and universities across the country. The Next Generation Leaders program is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements. This includes a 300-hour internship with a nonprofit organization.

Bruns is interning with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area in Lawrence. The group provides a grass-roots effort to steward the cultural landscape and the story about the struggle for freedom in the Kansas/Missouri frontier. Bruns is student coordinator of the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan's academic mentoring program, on the executive board of Up 'til Dawn for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters, advisory board member of the Financial Literacy Council of Riley County, president of the American Humanics Student Association, and an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Bruns would like to work in marketing with a nonprofit organization involved with children after she graduates in May 2011.

Jones is interning with the United Way of the Plains in Wichita. He has participated in the School of Leadership Studies alternative spring breaks in Phoenix, Ariz., repairing housing units. He also worked in LaFollette, Tenn., building a Cumberland Trail route. He's participated in K-State's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, worked as an after-school tutor at the Douglass Center in Manhattan, and participated in the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan's academic mentoring program at Wamego Elementary School. An active member of the American Humanics Student Association, Jones has applied for AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps program after he graduates in December 2010.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders.