2011 Giving Back Scholars Programs

In 2010, Murray State University’s Youth & Nonprofit Leadership Program introduced the Giving Back Scholars Programs to advance the understanding, appreciation, and application of the principles of altruism, generosity, caring, and service to others among students and faculty and across the Murray/Calloway County community. On March 23, 2011, the Giving Back Scholars Programs celebrated with over 200 students, community partners, and university faculty and staff in the Freed Curd Auditorium of the Collins Industry & Technology Center.

The Giving Back Scholars Programs were created and funded by Patricia and Bob Long to serve as resources to the Youth & Nonprofit Leadership Program (YNL). Dr. Long is the MSU Visiting Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and former Vice President for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides additional support for the Programs through its Retiree Matching Grants Program. In addition, MSU's Office of Regional Stewardship and Outreach secured additional funding for the Engagement Recognition Awards through the “Pay it Forward Grant”, a student philanthropy project funded by Learn and Serve America administered by Ohio Campus Compact in partnership with Kentucky and Michigan Campus Compacts.

The first two Giving Back Scholarships were awarded to Ashley Johnston, a junior special education major from Paducah, and Melvin Ingram, a junior organizational communication major from Louisville. Ashley and Melvin are in the second and final year of their scholarships and hosted the March 23rd gathering. The financial awards support students who are active members of the YNL Program and involved in community service learning experiences in the local community as well as in their hometowns.

The Giving Back Visiting Scholar Program is designed to promote creative thinking and innovative practice in “giving back” by bringing national and international leaders to the University and community. The 2011 Giving Back Visiting Scholar lecture, “Everyday Democracy: Nontraditional Leadership,” was presented by Jah’Shams Abdul-Mumin, the founder of Success: A New Beginning in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Abdul-Mumin is among the nation’s leading authorities on nontraditional leadership development.

The Giving Back Engagement Recognition Program is designed to promote quality volunteer-engagement in community organizations, helping residents “give back” to the community. A competitive awards program is conducted each spring semester by YNL students. This year the students awarded framed certificates, symbolic statues, and $1,000 checks to six community organizations dedicated to increasing the engagement of volunteers as leaders in their organizations. Students presented the 2011 awards to representatives of:

American Cancer Society

Angle’s Clinic

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Humane Society

Special Olympics

United Way of Murray-Calloway County

The evening was sponsored in partnership with Murray State University, the Office of Regional Stewardship & Outreach, the College of Health Sciences & Human Services, the Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences, and the Youth & Nonprofit Leadership Program.

For more information about the Giving Back Scholars Programs and the Youth & Nonprofit Leadership Program, contact Robin Esau at 270-809-3824.

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