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 at EagleEndowment@american.edu, contact the office at (202) 885-7378, or visit us in MGC 273.
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:
Saagar Gupta, Coordinator
Saagar Gupta is a Graduate Student pursuing a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Public Management Consulting. He has been involved with the Eagle Endowment since Fall 2015. His favorite part of being Coordinator is helping student ideas turn into impactful projects. His also loves working with the Advisory Board to keep the Eagle Endowment running smoothly
Diya Dhaliwal, Assistant Coordinator
Diya Dhaliwal is a junior majoring in international studies and statistics. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is passionate about community service and social justice causes. She also serves as Deputy Director for AUSG Women's Initiative and a Resident Assistant in the social justice living-learning community. During her time at AU, she has been involved in sexual and interpersonal violence prevention work. She is incredibly excited to be Coordinator this year and looks forward to a fantastic year!
Suzanna Steele is a senior and first year Master of Public Administration student. She is studying Government and Law with a minor in Spanish. She is also a SPA Leadership Program member and pursuing a certificate in Women, Political Leadership, and Public Policy. Hailing from Denver, Colorado she is passionate about the making outdoor adventuring inclusive of all identities and serves on AU Outdoors Executive Board. She also plays on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and is a member of Alpha Xi Delta chapter. During her sophomore year she received a grant from the Eagle Endowment to start and manage an environmental science program at a D.C. residential charter school. Suzanna joined the Eagle Endowment to help other students execute their projects. She is excited to see the caliber of projects excel and collaborate with other passionate students.
Emily Murtaugh is a Junior studying Anthropology and minoring in International Relations and Statistics. She has been apart of the Eagle Endowment since 2016. Emily joined the Eagle Endowment because she has a passion for service and loves seeing other projects enter into action. She is specifically interested in projects focusing with education. She has experienced first hand the different ways education has an impact by being a DC Reads Tutor, leading AU students in Freshman Service Experience, and by giving tours at the Newseum. Her favorite thing about her college experience thus far has been being a part of the team at the Center for Community Engagement and Service and meeting so many new people.
Dima Zahan is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Anthropology. Born and raised in Baltimore, she is a city girl at heart. She believes that the best thing one can do for their community is to give back through service. She currently tutors for DC Reads and is involved with the Event Planning committee for ZARON. Dima is the Campus Engagement Chair in Eagle Endowment's Marketing team.
Mitchel Traer is a sophomore double majoring in CLEG and Political Science. He is also a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program. During the summer Mitchel works at Canobie Lake Park as a Technician helping to run the different magic shows, tribute artists, and other performances that Canobie has. He is also a member of CRU (perviously Campus Crusade for Christ) and attends Restoration Church on Sundays. He is honored to be a part of the Eagle Endowment and can't wait to see all that it can do this year to impact the lives of students at AU and the DC community as a whole.