UNC Students Receive $1,000 Grant to Benefit a Kid’s Place of Weld County

Four University of Northern Colorado President's Leadership Program students were selected by their peers in the El Pomar Scholars Program to earn one of three $1,000 state grants from the El Pomar Foundation.

The funding goes toward a project by juniors Katy Nikkel, Gena Sturgon, Lexi Ververs and sophomore Lauren Koppel that will benefit A Kid's Place of Weld County, a Greeley nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for abused or neglected children.

Nikkel, Sturgon, Ververs and Koppel joined fellow El Pomar scholars from 11 different Colorado universities in presenting nonprofit projects at a year-end banquet at El Pomar's headquarters in Colorado Springs. For the second consecutive year, student scholars attending the banquet voted to award a grant to a nonprofit organization represented by President's Leadership Program students. Last year's $1,000 grant was awarded to the Community Foundation serving Greeley and Weld County.

During the 2010-11 academic year, the four El Pomar scholars have volunteered their time at A Kid's Place of Weld County to learn about the nonprofit sector and develop an understanding for working in a nonprofit organization.

The students collaborated with the executive director to design a project that will benefit the organization. Their research of various funding methods in similar nonprofits resulted in potential fundraising options that A Kid's Place can create and implement.

The students created blueprints for each of the options, which include event planning details, an outline of potential sponsorship levels for donors, and ideas regarding community involvement and funding requests to execute the fundraising activities.

Koppel, Nikkel, Sturgon, and Ververs hope these new fundraising initiatives will increase support and funding for A Kid's Place of Weld County.

El Pomar provides grant and programming opportunities to support non-profit organizations and activities in Colorado. Nikkel, Sturgon, Ververs and Koppel were recognized as El Pomar Leadership scholars and participated in the foundation's Student Leadership Experience Program. As part of the scholarship program, El Pomar scholars are instructed to work with a nonprofit organization in their region.

For additional information regarding the El Pomar Foundation or UNC's President's Leadership Program, please contact Catie Rohloff, Associate Director of Leadership at the Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership at catie.rohloff@unco.edu or 970-351-1619.