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USC Upstate Student Receives NextGen Scholarship

08- 25- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Jekeithlyn “Kiki” Stroble Ross, a junior majoring in nonprofit administration at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been selected for a scholarship award through the American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen). Ross is the fifth USC Upstate student to receive this scholarship.

Kiki Stroble Ross and JC StrobleUnderwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NextGen is a competitive scholarship program for students enrolled in American Humanics programs at 70 colleges and universities across the country. NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements, specifically the minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship. 

As a NextGen Leader, Ross will receive a scholarship for $4,500 from American Humanics during her internship, along with access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who will serve as Career Coaches. To date, American Humanics has identified more than 500 students nationwide as NextGen Leaders, awarding more than $2.25 million in scholarships.

“Kiki is planning to utilize this internship to expand her working knowledge in nonprofit management,” said Dr. John Long, assistant professor of nonprofit administration at USC Upstate. “Her internship and nonprofit academic experience will continue to help her operate the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation.  The Upstate community is fortunate to have someone with Kiki’s passion. The NextGen grant will be a tremendous boost to her continuing growth and development.”  

Ross, a former optician, formed a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about glaucoma and other eye diseases. Named for her father who is legally blind as a result of glaucoma, The JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation regularly hosts community outreach events offering free screenings for glaucoma and eye exams, provides information on the latest corrective eye surgical procedures, and collects used eyeglasses for the Lions Club.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at USC Upstate offers a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration.  It is offered both as a major and a minor. The degree prepares graduates for careers in management and administrative positions within a wide variety of nonprofit organizations such as social services, youth activities, health, the environment, and the arts.

For additional information, contact Dr. John Long at (864) 503-5754 or