Indiana State University Newsroom

NextGen scholarships awarded to two ISU students

August 21, 2009


Ashley Spiegel of Lake Zurich, Ill. and Renata Sams of Naperville, Ill. will receive $4,500 from American Humanics to complete a 300-hour internship with a non-profit organization. Being selected as a NextGen Leader is a nationally recognized honor for Spiegel, Sams and Indiana State.


This scholarship program is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements.


Spiegel plans on achieving her master’s degree in counseling to become a family counselor.


“I want to help families find the resources to better their lives,” she said.


Sams plans on traveling after graduation to work with youth around the world.


“My dream job will allow me to travel the world, work with Youth International, and plan recreation activities to make others happy,” she said.


Contact: Nathan Schaumleffel, associate professor of recreation and sport management and campus executive director, American Humanics Program, Indiana State University, 812-237-2160 or


Writer: Bailee Souder, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or