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Eagle Endowment Council

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:

Monica Behn, Coordinator

Monica Behn Eagle Endowment Coordinator Monica Behn is a Florida native finising up her final semester in American University's Maters of Public Administration program. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg with a BA in Political Science and minors in Criminology and Legal Studies. Monica has taught English for three years in South Korea where she most recently worked as Head English Instructor at Korea POLY School. She speaks basic Korean and has traveled to China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bali, and the Philippines. As a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow, she has worked in the office of Nancy Pelosi and will enter the Foreign Service with the United States Department of State in 2021. 

Dakota Jackson, Council Member 

Dakota Jackson

Dakota is finishing up her final semester at American University with a Master’s in Public Administration. She is an experienced Government Relations Manager specializing in PAC management, federal and state-level advocacy, and healthcare policy education. She is also recognized as a driven leader with distinct interpersonal government relations expertise, written and oral communication skills, and effective creative problem-solving capabilities. Dakota, in her free time, is active in building successful specialized networks through Women in Government Relations, Junior League of Washington, and other public affairs professional associations. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in economics and political science. She currently resides in the NOMA area with her boyfriend, Kyle, and her two black labs, Gigi and Macy. 

Taylor Moore, Council Member 

Taylor Moore Taylor is a part time MPA student in the School of Public Affairs and works full time for a nonprofit focused on strengthening public education policy. In her current role, she supports diverse networks of philanthropic actors and leaders on the ground working together towards a vision for stronger and more equitable public schools by ensuring that youth and communities have what they need to thrive. Taylor received her B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Connecticut and has a Certificate in Analytics and Management from AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy. 

Asha Coutrier, Council Member

Asha CoutrierAsha is a Brooklyn native and a second year graduate student in the Global Governance, Politics, and Security program. She also serves as a Research Program Coordinator for the School of International Service. Her professional interests include international development aid and project management. Asha's extracurricular interests also include creating artwork and learning Korean.

Eagle Endowment Council Questions?

The Eagle Endowment Council is a body made up of undergraduate and graduate students who help review grant applications and determine funding. Members receive experience in a variety of areas including marketing, fundraising, event planning and project Management. If you have questions about eligibility, email the Coordinator, contact the office at (202) 885-7378, or visit us in MGC 273.

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