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EOA Charles Cantale Award for Leadership and Service



Charles (Chuck) Cantale served EOA, EOAF, the Minnesota TRIO chapter and students admirably. He was a charter member of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) when it was founded on August 31, 1975 as MAEOPP, was a charter member of the Educational Opportunity Association Foundation (EOAF) and served as its first President from 1982 – 2000. Chuck raised more than $340,000 for the Foundation as president and established the Foundation’s first fundraising initiatives, including the Buck-A-Day, Buck-A-Week and the Buck-A-Month clubs. He endowed the Charles Cantale Award for Leadership and Service and continues to contribute to ensure its growth.


One award of $1,000 to MO-KAN-NE. The scholarship awards are distributed based on the existing chapter rotation schedule. The applicant selected by the chapter’s scholarship committee will be the recipient of that chapter.



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;
4. Demonstrates entrepreneurial skills/abilities and commits those skills in service of a greater good. Entrepreneurial skills may include but are not limited to creativity/innovation, networking with others, working effectively in a team, leadership, constructive risk-taking, and a strong work ethic.

Application Materials: 

The applicant must submit the following (PDF) materials in order for their application to be considered complete: 
      - Nomination Form (from TRIO/EOP professional - must be EOA member)
      - Letter of Recommendation from Nominator
      - Copy of unofficial academic transcript, including current semester schedule
      - Signed Photo Release Form and an uploaded headshot
      - Student essay (double-spaced and not exceeding 2 pages) describing:
      1. The impact of TRIO or educational opportunity program your education.
      2. Your commitment to using entrepreneurial skills in service of a greater good.
      3. Why the Charles Cantale Award for Leadership and Service is important to you.

NOTE: Applications must be completed in one session. Applicants are NOT able to save their progress and return to it later. It is advised you prepare all application materials prior to applying as the system will time you out for inactivity and all progress will be lost and unrecoverable. 

Click link below to apply!

(Nominator must be an EOA member within that state Chapter in order for the applicant to be eligible.)

MO-KAN-NE: (Due March 2, 2020)

                  Scholarship Recipients                                  

  2020       MO-KAN-NE       LaKenzie Bailey-House       Availa University UB
2019        Minnesota         Sharla Boyer                        Mankato State University SSS

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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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