California State University, Fullerton's Nonprofit Professional Alumni Chapter has awarded their annual scholarship to Claudia Keller. The presentation was made during the Universities’ 2016 Community Engagement Awards.
In bestowing the award, Dr. Dallas Stout, the Chapter President, noted Claudia’s current employment in the nonprofit field, her work on a Masters of Public Administration at CSUF in order to advance in the field, and her dream to create her own nonprofit program to assist Junior High & High School girls to engage in sports as the reason she was chosen. In accepting the award, Keller reflected on the turn of events in her life that resulted in a mid-life career shift into the nonprofit world 11 years ago.
“As I have grown, I realize that I have always harbored a feeling of “owing” the world for the all the blessings bestowed upon me in my life," explained Keller in thanking the Chapter for this award.
The CSUF Alumni Association's first official chapter, the Nonprofit Professional Alumni Chapter was formed in 1999 by a group of professionals from local nonprofit organizations. Their common goals were to form a professional development network for alumni, and to encourage CSUF students to prepare for and seek out careers in nonprofit and service fields.
In addition to their efforts to reconnect with the University and its academic programs, the alumni established an annual $1,000 competitive award presented to a continuing or graduating student who seeks a career in the nonprofit sector. The chapter annually hosts professional development mixers for members, students, alumni, and nonprofit leaders; and cosponsors the Gianneschi Summer School for Nonprofits and CSUF's Community Engagement Awards.