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Community Engagement & Service

Eagle Endowment Council

The Eagle Endowment: Moving Ideas Into Action

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The Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service is a unique, student-led effort providing grants to students. The very first initiative of its kind, the endowment awards grants up to $1,000 to students and student groups demonstrating a need for the initial resources to propel an original idea that focuses on providing high quality community service in the DC area into action. We then continue working with the recipient to turn their action into service by providing education and an alumni/professionals network to help maintain success in their venture.

Council members will assist with promoting each grant cycle, reviewing and interviewing applicants, fundraising to maintain funds granted out and assist with event planning activities. Undergraduate, graduate, and Washington College of Law students are all encouraged to apply for a position. A Council with a diverse background will only strengthen the mission of the Eagle Endowment in providing grants and educating the University community through service.


Current Council Members:

JI Cruz 

Year: Sophomore

Major: Chemistry

Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, J.I. is a sophomore and Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar at American University who is passionate about the intersections between poverty and environmental sustainability. Last year, he worked for eight months as a Teacher's Assistant
in Thiadiaye, Senegal, as part of his participation in Global Citizen Year, a leadership development-based bridge-year program. As a Council Member, J.I.
hopes to broaden his exposure to local community service efforts and help them attain their full potential.

Saagar Gupta

Year: Junior

Major: CLEG

Saagar Gupta is a junior majoring in CLEG, (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government). He is persuing certificates in Community-Based Research as well as Applied Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is a Community-Based Research Scholar and works as a Research Assistant in the School of Public Affairs.

Melissa Patton 

Year:  Sophomore

Major:  CLEG

Melissa is a sophomore at AU.  She lived in Montreal, Canada until she was 10, but lived in suburban Philadelphia for the last 8 years. She is a proud Canadian citizen and is hoping to have dual American citizenship by the end of the year. She is an enthusiastic hockey fan and a mega bookworm. Melissa is passionate about community service and loves learning about different communities and individuals. She loves talking to
people and learning about how different communities work and how different people live. She volunteered at her local library and with an assisted living program in Philadelphia, and is currently a DC Reads tutor. She is excited to be on the Eagle Endowment Council and is looking forward to a great year.

Maureen Smith

Year: Freshman

Major:  Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Maureen was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She formerly served on the Philadelphia Foundation’s Youthadelphia philanthropic board. She is a freshman at American University pursuing a double major in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She is currently a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and serves as a Jumpstart corps member. Maureen has a passion for visual arts and enjoys painting in her free time.



Eagle Endowment Council Applications for 2016-2017 are OPEN!!!

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The Eagle Endowment Council is a body made up of Undergraduate and Graduate Students who helps review grant applications and determine funding. Members receive experience in a variety of areas including Marketing, Fundraising, and Project Management. If you have questions about eligibility, email the Coordinator at, contact the office at (202) 885-7378, or visit us in MGC 273.


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