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Baruch College Students Earn NextGen Scholarship From Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

NEW YORK, NY December 13, 2012 Two students from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs have been selected to participate in the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program, hosted by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Undergraduates Celeste Simon and Julieth Ortiz will each receive a $4,500 stipend through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support their internship with nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

Celeste, a senior from Brooklyn, will spend the spring semester in Albany, where she will intern with the New York State Senate. The nature of the Senate's work and the impact that it has on support and regulation of the nonprofit sector provide an interesting opportunity for Celeste to learn about the forces that shape the sector. Julieth, a junior from Queens, who emigrated from Columbia, will be spending the spring semester in Mexico as an exchange student through the North America Mobility Program (NAMP) in the School of Public Affairs. This program focuses on Community Sustainable Development. She is in the process of arranging an internship with a local nonprofit or foundation in Mexico.  

NextGen helps a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete nonprofit internships. “The students were chosen based on their applications and essays, which demonstrated how they have shown leadership, are civically engaged in serving other people, and are committed to the nonprofit profession,” said Stan Altman, Professor of Public Affairs and the certificate program’s campus director. Each applicant’s personal story, experience volunteering for non-profits and their career goals are taking into account.

Baruch College first participated in the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program during the 2006-2007 school year. Since then, 32 Baruch students have won scholarships by competing against students from colleges and universities affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The organization connects nonprofit organizations with more than 10,000 qualified students who are on their way to becoming Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNPs). The internship will help each student earn a National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, the only national certification recognized by the nonprofit sector. For more information, visit



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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