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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program Scholarships and Awards

These scholarships and awards are restricted to students of good standing who are enrolled in ASU’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification program.

Students who earn scholarships and awards are selected by a NLA faculty/staff committee unless otherwise noted in the selection criteria. (Note: Students may apply for scholarships. Awards, however, are not applied for and are awarded to students based upon defined criteria of donors who established the awards.)

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To learn about each scholarship/award and how to apply, please click on the name of the scholarship/award.

Camelback Kiwanis Endowed Scholarship

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership potential in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program and who has interest in and shows promise for a career in nonprofit youth and human service leadership and management with expenses associated with pursuing his/her degree.

Award: A cash award is provided dependent upon annual ASU Foundation earnings and eligible payout amount. The award is made possible through the generosity of members of the Camelback Kiwanis Club and, in particular, Mr. Bruce Thoeny, a champion of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance/ASU.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a current student in good standing who is an active participate in the NLASA and working toward fulfillment of the Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential.
  2. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management.
  3. Have demonstrated a true passion and commitment for the mission of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance through participation in the NLASA and service to the community (particularly with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance partner agencies).
  4. Have the respect of his/her professors.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the application found at: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/camelback-kiwanis-endowed-scholarship-application

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this scholarship is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: All applications are due 4/9/2018 by 11:59 p.m. 

Elizabeth S. Schade Scholarship

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student (primarily Native American students or other minority students whenever possible) in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, who has interest in and shows promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, with expenses associated with pursuing his/her degree.

Award: A tuition reimbursement scholarship dependent upon annual ASU Foundation earnings and eligible payout amount. The award is made possible due to the generosity of Dr. Thomas Schade, former Associate Dean of the College of Programs, and his mother (now deceased), Elizabeth S. Schade.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a current student in good standing (application on file) who is actively working toward fulfillment of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification.
  2. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, particularly with organizations that serve diverse constituencies.
  3. Have the respect of his/her professors.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the application found at: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/elizabeth-s-schade-scholarship-application

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this scholarship is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: All applications are due 4/9/2018 by 11:59 p.m. 

John D. "Jack" Armstrong Scholarship

Purpose: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide an award to a deserving undergraduate student in honor of Jack Armstrong, the founding Executive Director of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at Arizona State University. The scholarship was established in 2009 by Lanette Rugis and other “First Gen” NLM/ASU Alumni, family and friends of Jack Armstrong.

Award: A cash award, and citation, is provided annually.  

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance undergraduate student successfully enrolled in the program and pursuing certification; preferably sophomore or junior status.
  2. Have successfully completed one Nonprofit Leadership Alliance class.
  3. Demonstrated respect for his/her professors.
  4. Have a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  5. Demonstrate need for financial support.
  6. Have completed at least 40 hours of volunteer work in a nonprofit youth agency.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the application found at: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/john-d-jack-armstrong-scholarship-application

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this scholarship is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and members of the “First Gen” alumni. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: All applications are due 4/9/2018 by 11:59 p.m. 

Ed and Betty Rugis Family Scholarship

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership in community service with expenses associated with completing his/her senior internship and the transition from being a student to a nonprofit professional. The scholarship was established in 2015 by Lanette Rugis to honor her mother and father.

Award: A cash award provided annually by alumna Lanette Rugis and is dependent upon annual ASU Foundation earnings and eligible payout amount.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance undergraduate student successfully enrolled in the program and pursuing certification, and of junior status.
  2. Be completing his/her internship in 2018 – 2019.
  3. Have demonstrated community service leadership.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the application found at: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/ed-and-betty-rugis-family-scholarship-application

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this scholarship is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: All applications are due 4/9/2018 by 11:59 p.m. 

George F. Miller Outstanding Student Award - Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program at Arizona State University

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to honor the outstanding student of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) program each year with monies to support their ongoing pursuit of their degree or, if a graduating senior, to support expenses of becoming established as a nonprofit professional.

Award:  A cash award is provided annually by the family of George F. Miller.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a current student in good standing (application on file) who is actively working toward fulfillment of his/her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.
  2. Demonstrate leadership that is respected by his/her peers through involvement in NLA curricular and co-curricular programs and through the NLA Student Association.
  3. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, particularly with organizations that have a youth development focus.
  4. Have the respect of his/her professors.

How to Apply: Interested students do not apply but are honored through a vote of their peers.

Selection: The selection of the student recipient of this award is made through an annual “secret” ballot process coordinated through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program office.  Students in good standing who are enrolled in the NLA/ASU program are eligible to vote.

Deadline: Voting by the members of the NLA Student Association is to be completed by April 9 of each spring semester, the GFM Award winner is determined, and the award is presented on the occasion of the Annual NLA Senior Recognition event held at the end of each Spring semester. Additionally, the GFM Award Winner is presented with a bio and picture of George F. Miller Sr. (see here)

Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership #1

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding senior of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program with a cash award to assist with expenses associated with his/her senior internship experience.

Award: A $500 award, and citation, is provided annually through the endowment (amount may change depending upon ASU Foundation payout).  The award was established by Dixon Fagerberg, Jr., a champion of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASU.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be a senior student in good standing (application on file) who is currently enrolled and actively working toward fulfillment of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification.
  2. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, particularly with organizations that serve diverse constituencies.
  3. Have the respect of his/her professors as a person of character.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program for at least 3 semesters.
  5. Have secured a qualifying internship in a 501(c) 3 community-based nonprofit organization before cash award is granted.

How to Apply: N/A

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this award is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: The recipient is selected prior to the annual Sr. Recognition Event of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance held in April of each year.

Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership #2

Purpose: The purpose of the award is to provide an outstanding Nonprofit Leadership Alliance/ASU student with a cash award to use toward the costs associated with participation in the NLA National Management Institute, or similar approved experience, necessary for NLM certification. When used for the AMI experience, a check is forwarded directly to the national office of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Inc.

Award:  An award, and citation, is provided annually through the endowment and a check is forwarded directly to the national office of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Inc. The award was established by Dixon Fagerberg, Jr., a champion of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASU.

Criteria: Student selected must:

  1. Be an upper division student in good standing (application on file) who is currently enrolled and actively working toward fulfillment of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification.
  2. Have been enrolled in the NLM/ASU program for at least one full year.
  3. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, particularly with organizations that serve diverse constituencies.
  4. Have the respect of his/her professors as a person of character.
  5. Demonstrate leadership or potential for leadership in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.

How to Apply: N/A

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this award is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: The recipient is selected prior to the annual Sr. Recognition Event of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance held in April of each year.

Bruce Thoeny Community Leadership Award

Purpose: To award a student leader of the NLA program who exemplifies high qualities of leadership in guiding other NLASA students to fulfill service to the community.

Award: An award is made available to the NLA program for students to engage in service to the community tied to competencies of the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Note: all funds are used for the community service project and not awarded to a student. 

Criteria: The student leader elected must:

  1. Be an upper division student in good standing (application on file) who is currently enrolled and actively working toward fulfillment of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification.
  2. Have been enrolled in the NLM/ASU program for at least one full year.
  3. Demonstrate promise for a career in nonprofit leadership and management, particularly with organizations that serve diverse constituencies.
  4. Have the respect of his/her professors as a person of character.
  5. Demonstrate leadership or potential for leadership in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.

How to Apply: N/A

Selection: In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the selection of the student recipient of this award is made by a committee consisting of the NLA director, the NLM/NLA faculty lead and a member of the community Leadership Council. Nominations of qualifying students may be made by faculty/staff of the program.

Deadline: The recipient is selected prior to the annual Sr. Recognition Event of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance held in April of each year.

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