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NKU Classes Award $34,500 to Local Nonprofits

Northern Kentucky University classes are awarding $34,500 to nonprofit agencies from the university’s Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

Students spend the semester learning about community needs and, as the semester draws to a close, decide where to invest. With the fall semester coming to a close, classes have made their selections.

“As important as the money is – what’s more important is that these classes change lives,” said NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands.

The Costume Construction theater arts class is donating dolls. Students had to design and sew costumes that fit 18-inch dolls. The finished products will be delivered to the Holly Hill Children’s Home in California, Kentucky. Some of the costumes are traditional, but the students also dressed some of the dolls as more entertaining things, such as superheroes.

“Greater Cincinnati Foundation is pleased to partner with the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project as it educates, provides experience, and instills a passion for giving,” said Laura Menge, the foundation’s giving strategies officer.

Over the past seventeen years, the Mayerson project has invested nearly $800,000 in 350 agencies. NKU has included student philanthropy in over 40 disciplines, reaching more than 4,500 students.

“Our professors align the student philanthropy component with their learning outcomes, so that students learn their course material more thoroughly and with a real-world component,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, where the Mayerson program is housed.

-Staff report