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Robert Jenkins Memorial Scholarship



After Robert Jenkins retired from the Air Force, he continued his love and passion for education by working with the Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis Educational Talent Search (ETS) program for 23 years until retiring in 2014. While working full-time for ETS Robert also served as a member of EOA and was the organization's treasurer until retiring in 2015. Robert was committed to broadening student access and success in formal and post-secondary education. EOA recognized him as an Honorary Professional Member and in 2018, he was inducted into the MKN (Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska) Hall of Fame.

This endowed scholarship is established by the EOA Foundation in collaboration with the EOA Board of Directors. Students are nominated by TRIO/EOP professionals in their respective Chapters and selected through a process administered jointly by EOA and the EOA Foundation. This scholarship is awarded by the EOA Foundation and is non-renewable.


Two awards of $1,000 will be given in 2020. Thereafter, one award of $1,000 will be given each year. Each Chapter may select a semifinalist (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).



The student applicant must meet the following criteria:
1. Be from a first-generation or low-income background and/or is a student with a disability;   
2  Be a current high school senior anticipating enrollment in a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution for the     upcoming academic year.
3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
4. Demonstrate involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities; 
5. Be a current Talent Search student within the EOA region.

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

                  Scholarship Recipients                                  

2020 Noemi Sanchez Century College UB
Plaski N. Vue University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee UB

EOA Foundation

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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