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Emerging Leaders Institute Scholarship





The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Scholarship fund was established in collaboration with the EOA Emerging Leaders Institute and the EOA Foundation (EOAF).  Since 2002, select EOA ELI cohorts have fundraised each year for student scholarships.  One student in the EOA region will be awarded $1000.00 toward their educational needs.  Each Chapter Scholarship Committee will select a semi-finalist for their respective chapter.  The EOA Scholarship Committee will have a panel of readers to select the finalist for the current year award. 


One award of $1,000 to an EOA recipient. Each Chapter may select a semifinalist (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). This is a one time, non-renewable scholarship.


The student applicant must meet the following criteria to apply:
1.       Be a current TRIO/EOP student within the EOA region.
2.       Be enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year or anticipated enrollment for current high school seniors;  
3.       Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; and
4.       Demonstrate strong leadership abilities in their community and/or advocacy efforts in their TRIO community.

The nominator must be a current EOA member at the time of scholarship deadline. (Confirmed by Chapter Membership and Credentials Chair).

The Nominator MUST be a current member of EOA at the time of the scholarship deadline. 

                                     ELI Scholarship Recipients                                    

  2020 Janleigh Lundang Oakton Community College (SSS)
2019 Aaron Rogers Avila University SSS
  2018 Claudia Williams Central Lakes College SSS
2017 Donyae Payton Carl Sandburg College SSS
2016 McKenna Kilburg Central College, Pella, IA
  2015 Lauralee Redmond Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
2014 Jacy Gomez TRIO Student Support Services, Simpson College, IA

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The EOA Foundation provides scholarships and awards to TRIO and educational opportunity program students in the ten-state region served by EOA.


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