United Way’s Ahua receives national scholarship for professional development


Stacy Ahua, Director of Volunteer Southeast Mississippi at United Way of Southeast Mississippi, was recently selected as the recipient of the national 2019 Jill Friedman Fixler Professional Development Scholarship Award. 

The scholarship and annual award are part of the Points of Light International Nonprofit Organization and Conference, recognized as the world’s largest service-related convention with more than 2,000 attendees anticipated for this year. 

Points of Light began in 1990 as an initiative to encourage community-based volunteerism. Now, Points of Light mobilizes millions of groups and individuals in 250 cities, engaging over 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year.

The Professional Development Scholarship, named for the late Jill Friedman Fixler, recognizes one outstanding volunteer manager or leader from around the nation for their commitment to volunteerism and service in their community, as well as their potential to learn from, share with and be inspired by leaders in the volunteer and service field, all with the aim of bettering their community.

 Ahua will represent Hattiesburg as the first recipient of the Jill Friedman Fixler Professional Development Scholarship and Award winner from the southern region of the United States and the first from Mississippi at the Points of Light conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June.