UNT nonprofit leadership studies students earn ARNOVA scholarships

The students will attend the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference in Austin this November.

DENTON (UNT) – Czarina Muñoz and Aries Nuño, nonprofit leadership studies students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, were awarded the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship to attend the 47th annual conference in Austin November 15 to 17, 2018. The ARNOVA Conference is meant to create a public conversation on, as well as opportunities for, presenting research about pressing issues and vital opportunities facing the voluntary or nonprofit sector.

“HPS is honored to receive these ARNOVA Undergraduate Diversity scholarships,” said Dean Neale Chumbler. “Czarina and Aries are two great ambassadors for HPS and the applied research that they are doing with HPS faculty members is indicative of how ideas generated in HPS course work are not only relevant to changing society, but equip them for a future in public service.”

Nuño, who will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in public health, says the scholarship will have a major impact on her future.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to attend the 2018 ARNOVA conference,” Nuño said. “It was definitely an unexpected surprise but welcomed with enthusiasm. I am looking forward to networking with a group of people with brilliant ideas and see how they have been able to translate their passion into their work. I hope to learn all that I can so I can apply that information toward my future endeavors.”

She will begin work on a master's degree after completing 27 months of service with the Peace Corps.

“My interest lies in international health and finding solutions to the disparities that children and youth face through education and lifestyle changes,” Nuño said. “I hope to one day work with a governmental agency, such as the CDC or even the UN.”

Muñoz, a senior at UNT, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a double major in public relations and nonprofit leadership studies, and a minor in Mexican-American studies. She says the scholarship is an honor and, while she’s excited about representing the university, she’s looking forward to networking with industry leaders.

“I am enamored to be in the company of early scholars who wish to implement change with various interests ranging from research, philanthropy, foundations and nonprofit organizations,” Muñoz said. “Thanks to this opportunity, I will meet others who are dedicated with a passion of fostering voluntary action within our community.”

Muñoz plans to attend graduate school and become a publicist in the nonprofit sector. She also hopes to counsel young adults who are looking to become public relations specialists for nonprofit organizations.

“I want to give them a sense of hope that with perseverance, they can accomplish anything they put their minds to, especially when it comes to what they hope to see in their community,” Muñoz said. “I want to mentor them and encourage that through sustainability, we can make this world a better place."

Learn more about the bachelor of science degree in nonprofit leadership studies at https://hps.unt.edu/PADM/nonprofit-leadership-studies.