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Eagle Endowment Council

The 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 American University 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. The Eagle Endowment Council works with grant recipients to turn their action into service by providing education and alumni/professional networks to help maintain success in their venture. The Eagle Endowment Council serves a key role in supporting the Eagle Endowment and its grant recipients from project conception to final review during its monthly meetings. Council members assist with promoting each grant cycle, reviewing and interviewing applicants, raising grant funds, and assisting with event planning activities.   

The Eagle Endowment Council is open to all AU students interested in supporting social justice oriented service projects through their marketing/public relations, fundraising, and mentoring skills. A Council with a diverse background strengthens the mission of the Eagle Endowment in providing grants and educating the University community through impactful service. Please read more about how to apply here and if you have any questions about applying or about serving on the Eagle Endowment Council, please email the Eagle Endowment Coordinator Shelby N. Patterson at, stop by MGC (Mary Graydon Center) 273, or schedule a meeting here

Current Council Members:

Shelby N. Patterson, Coordinator

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Shelby is a first-year graduate student in American University’s School of Public Affairs where she is studying public policy with a blended concentration in education equity. She is an honor graduate of Clemson University with a BA in secondary education English and Winthrop University with an MEd in curriculum and instruction and English. Additionally, Shelby completed her doctoral coursework in educational leadership, policy, and law at Alabama State University. A former teacher who is often described as a lifelong learner, forever educator-activist, and dedicated servant-leader, Shelby seeks to support families and communities through access and engagement in a quality public education journey for students and educators. She enjoys her family and friends, sports, exploring nature, meeting new people, dancing, cooking new recipes, and travelling. Upon graduation from AU, Shelby will continue her doctoral program and pursue a second career in education policy and management.

Oliver Pasek, Council Member

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Hi! My name is Oliver Pasek, a current first year here at AU. I come from Evanston, IL, a city just above Chicago. Apart from the Eagle Endowment Council, I play on the competitive club tennis team as well, and I'm hoping to find some more activities to be involved in on campus. Some interests of mine are taking walks, listening and creating music, meeting new people, playing sports, and having interesting conversations. For my first year I hope I can make a meaningful impact using university funds through my position with the Eagle Endowment Council. 

Edith Myhre, Council Member 

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My name is Edie and I am a freshman from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania studying neuroscience. A fun fact about me is that I am a second degree black belt in Jung sim do and am a member of the AU Tae Kwon Doe club. Outside of school I love volunteering and I am passionate about mental health, so I dedicate my time to serving three mental health nonprofit organizations. I am driven to be a member of the Eagle endowment council because I want to immerse myself in the AU and greater DC community and do my part to support and advocate for projects that will truly enhance the mental, physical, emotional, and social well being of the students and people in our area. 

Rebeka Rafi, Council Member

Headshot of RebekaRebeka Rafi is a second year undergraduate student in the 3-Year Public Health Scholars Program, College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program, and the Early Identification Program. Rebeka will be receiving her B.S. in Public Health and is minoring in BioChemistry, currently on the pre-medical route. She was a recipient of the Eagle Endowment award in the Spring 2021 cycle and ran a project centered around combating food insecurity and food waste in the D.C.-Northern Virginia area. She had the opportunity to work with Food Rescue U.S. during her project, which is a non-profit organization in D.C.

Julianne Wong, Council Member

Selfie of JulianneJulianne Wong is a first-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public health. She is interested in epidemiology and assessing the distribution of diseases and how determinants impact the health of populations to ensure that more effective and equitable preventions and interventions are implemented. The health of individuals has always been an issue that she has been passionate about, however the focus on community health in public health has shown her that there is so much more she can contribute to and study in the field. She has been involved in community volunteering, actively volunteering for Samaritan’s Purse’s annual Operation Christmas Child project, and serving the local community through her church. She believes that every community outreach project is important on any scale and can make an impact, no matter how small.

Kendal Thomas, Council Member

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Kendal Thomas is a first year undergraduate student from Unionville Pennsylvania, studying sociology. In the past, she has been involved on committees for diversity, equity and inclusion, but this is her first introduction to a formal philanthropic organization. She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve the greater community through the council!

Andra Mutu, Council Member

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Hi everybody, my name is Andra Mutu! I am a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience, minoring in Data Science, and part of the CAS Leadership and Ethical Development Program. I am passionate about access to education (especially STEAM education and opportunities!), global health equity, ethical development in technology, and research. This is my second year on the Eagle Endowment Council, and I'm looking forward to working with applicants and recipients to impact the DC community. 

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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