Below is listed the many ways in which you can donate and support the EOA Foundation's initiatives. For more information or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-628-5246. Note: Your donation to the EOA Foundation is tax deductible.
To make a monthly donation or participate in the Buck-A-Day Club or Buck-A-Week Club, complete the EOAF Contribution Form.
EOAF Growth and Stewardship Fund (General Operating Fund)
The Growth and Stewardship Fund has two primary Functions. First, it provides for the general operations of the Foundation. These include development activities, marketing and communications, fund stewardship, costs related to the distribution of scholarships and awards, compliance, accountability, training, board expenses, and other miscellaneous costs. Second, the Growth and Stewardship Fund provides for annual or one-time scholarships that are not awarded through an existing endowed scholarship fund or dedicated account. Examples include EOA Board Scholarships, EOAF Scholarships, and one-time memorial scholarships. Gifts designated by donors for such scholarships are used only for the donor's expressed purpose.
EOA Foundation Scholarship Funds
The Silas Purnell Scholarship Fund
The Silas Purnell Scholarship Fund was established by the EOAF Board of Directors in 2000. Initial support was provided by two Foundation board members and the Illinois Chapter of EOA. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2002 and is fully endowed to provide at least one scholarship annually.
Silas Purnell worked for Talent Search at the Ada S. McKinley Community Center in Chicago, Illinois. He served needy and deserving students for 34 years and was known nationally as an advocate for equal access for low-income and first-generation students. He was directly responsible for thousands of students gaining access to, and succeeding in, higher education. Mr. Purnell developed a national alumni network of students who participated in his Talent Search Program in Chicago who have gone on to accomplish great things in higher education and in the private sector.
Silas Purnell Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 on a rotating basis through the EOA chapters. Selection criteria include participation in an EOP or TRIO program in the relevant chapter during the year of selection, enrollment in or anticipated enrollment in an accredited two or four-year post-secondary institution, financial need, cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above, and demonstrated significant involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities. The nominator must be a EOA member.
The Ralph L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Ralph L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by EOAF. The Ralph L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship was awarded directly by EOA until EOAF was created. The scholarship is now awarded annually by EOAF. Dr. Ralph L. Pruitt was a math professor at Cleveland State University in Ohio. Dr. Pruitt was one of the founders of EOA.
Selection criteria include participation in a TRIO program in the relevant chapter for the year of selection, enrollment in or anticipated enrollment in an accredited two or four-year postsecondary institution, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and demonstrated significant involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities. The nominator must be a EOA member.
The Emerging Leaders Scholarships
The Emerging Leaders Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 when professionals enrolled in EOA’s Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) made an initial contribution of $300. The ELI class of 2002 established a goal to raise $2,002.00 for EOAF scholarships. Almost every ELI class since 2002 has held fundraisers during the EOA Annual Conference to support EOAF scholarships. The first Emerging Leaders Scholarship will be awarded in 2014.
ELI scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to a participating student within the EOA region. Selection criteria include participation in a TRIO program, enrollment in or anticipated enrollment in an accredited two or four-year post-secondary institution, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and demonstrated strong leadership in their community and/or advocacy efforts in their TRIO community. Each EOA chapter scholarship committee will select a semi-finalist from their respective chapter. The EOA scholarship committee appoints readers to select the finalist each year.
The Dr. James B Hamilton Research Scholars Fund
The Dr. James B. Hamilton Research Scholars Fund supports James B. Hamilton Research Scholars Awards. These awards help fund research projects that are consistent with the goals and purposes of EOA. Initial financial support for the fund was provided by the Michigan Chapter of EOA. Dr. Ruth Hamilton, Dr. Hamilton’s wife and Professor of Social Work at Michigan State University, continued to support the fund until her death in 2003.
Dr. James B. Hamilton (1933-1994) was a faculty member in chemistry and Assistant Provost at Michigan State University. Dr. Hamilton was one of the earliest proponents of TRiO and EOP programs developing research and data to support the programs and services provided to low-income and first-generation students. He was an early architect in designing EOA’s first professional development conferences and workshop sessions; he was instrumental in establishing the first EOA Journal; and he was an ardent supporter of academic research, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. The James B. Hamilton Research Scholars Award was created to honor Dr. Hamilton and the contributions he made to students, by the Michigan Chapter of EOA (MI-CAPP) and the EOA Foundation (EOAF).
The Veterans Scholarship Fund
The Veterans Scholarship Fund was established after a Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) director approached the EOAF president and inquired why EOAF had not established a scholarship honoring veterans. Shortly afterward, a fund was established and EOAF began raising funds specifically to endow the Veterans Scholarship Fund. The first Veterans scholarship was awarded in 2014.
The Veterans’ Scholarship Fund provide scholarships for undergraduate education to applicants within the EOA region who are honorably discharged veterans or current members of the Armed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, or National Guard) who are currently enrolled in or anticipating enrollment in an accredited two or four-year post-secondary institution. Applicants must be present or former participants in a TRIO/EOP program.
The Arnold Mitchem and Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Fund
“To make a dream come true, first you must dream…” ~ Dr. Ronald E. McNair
In 2014, the EOAF Board of directors acted to merge two previously separate funds each dedicated to supporting TRIO eligible students in the pursuit of graduate and professional degrees. This action increases EOAF’s capacity to provide awards for graduate study on an ongoing basis.
The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Fund was created in 2008 to support TRIO students in their pursuit of doctoral studies. The first contribution of $25,000 came from the EOA Board of Directors and was made possible through proceeds from McNair program conferences. Michael L. Jeffries, founder and longtime coordinator of the EOA National Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Conference and Graduate School Fair made the initial request to the EOA Board to establish the Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Fund.
The Arnold Mitchem Graduate Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by the Wisconsin Chapter of EOA (WAEOPP) to provide financial support for students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, first president of EOA and past president and founder of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), a Washington DC organization dedicated to expanding higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation, students with disabilities and veterans throughout the United States.
Throughout his long career, which has its roots in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Mitchem has effectively and powerfully advocated for equal access to post-secondary education and success of students in the United States. Mitchem received a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Southern Colorado and earned a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Education from Marquette University.