Georgia State University Student Wins National Nonprofit Award

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AMI 2017-437 (2) Student of the Year


DATE: January 19, 2017

CONTACT: Christa Beall Diefenbach, CNP, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (Email)

Kansas City, Mo. – The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance recently presented David Garcia, a student at Georgia State University, with the Student Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented at the annual Alliance Management Institute – an educational conference for students planning a career in the nonprofit sector, on January 5, 2017, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

The Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a current Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student who exemplifies leadership on his or her campus as demonstrated by:

  • Progressive responsibilities in the Alliance student association;
  • Success as a leader in the student association shown through measurable outcomes such as increased fundraising, increased student participation and enhanced engagement with local nonprofit leaders;
  • Evidence of a hands-on internship that enhanced the ability of the organization to meet its mission.

Garcia is a marine veteran who did a Mission Continues fellowship that focused on enhancing the quality of experience for student veterans at Georgia State University. Garcia raised nearly $1,000 to support that effort. Because of his success in bridging the gap between non-veterans, student veterans and community nonprofit leaders, Garcia was hired by Georgia State University as a full-time Military Student Advocate, the first person to hold the position.

“David is a passionate and dedicated leader on his campus and in his community,” said Susan T. Schmidt, CNP, president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “We are proud of the work he is doing at Georgia State – and we welcome him into our network of Certified Nonprofit Professionals.”

The 2017 honorees were chosen by an awards selection committee composed of key Alliance stakeholders, including affiliated faculty members, alumni, nonprofit partners, board members and sponsors.

About the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance: Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has worked to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit management certification in the U.S. The Alliance system, which includes nearly 40 colleges and universities, 15 national nonprofit partners and more than 9,600 CNPs, is the largest network in the country working to build a talent pipeline for the social sector.