DENTON (UNT), Texas –Stephanie Reid, a University of North Texas student from Frisco, earned a $4,500 Next Generation Nonprofit Leader (NextGen) award — a nationally competitive scholarship available to students pursuing a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Reid earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting in 2002 and is pursuing the NLA certificate through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNT. The award is given to students completing internships at non-profit organizations.
Reid volunteers at Frisco Cares, a clinic serving uninsured children and adults in Frisco and surrounding communities. The classroom work has prepared her well for her volunteer work, she says.
“As I was taking a grant-writing class, I was writing grants for the clinic,” she said. “And as I was writing about nonprofit management, I was helping to organize their volunteers at the clinic. The week I would learn something, I would implement it at the clinic.”
She expects to be finished with the certificate at the end of May, she said.
“It’s been extremely helpful,” she said. “The courses I am taking at UNT are very current and applicable to what I am actually doing at the clinic.”
Reid said she was encouraged to apply by Rachel Reed, campus director of the UNT Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.
“The Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders program has benefitted our students immensely,” Reed said. “Stephanie is the 23rd UNT student to receive this competitive award through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. In doing so, she joins a select group of students at UNT that have brought recognition to our NLA program, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the university through their exemplary service to the community.”