Aaker and two other students participating in the Nonprofit Leaders Student Association administered by the University of Memphis’ School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration each won the $4,500 awards.
The NextGen initiative is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Recipients agree to complete the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification process and participate in a program evaluation. The NextGen stipends support student requirements to complete a 300 hour unpaid internship as part of their nonprofit certification.
In addition to her participation with the NLSA, Aaker is also currently a graduate student in the University of Memphis Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with a nonprofit administration concentration. She was chosen to serve as an HCD Fellow and performs her fellowship duties for United Housing Inc., a 501 (c)(3) not for profit agency that works throughout Shelby County to provide affordable housing, homebuyer education, counseling and low interest rate loan products for families that are low-to-moderate income and first time home buyers. UHI also focuses its affordable housing production in low-to-moderate income areas, predominantly in inner city Memphis.
Carter is a junior at University of Memphis majoring in nonprofit development and administration. Gianella is a senior majoring in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in nonprofit management and leadership.
The Housing and Community Development (HCD) Fellowship program is funded by the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Graduate School at the University of Memphis. Fellows are assigned to different organizations around the Memphis metropolitan area to conduct activities to promote community development and capacity building.
The awards were announced in The Commercial Appeal at http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jan/15/achievements-three-win-awards/