Past Awards


Mind the Gap - $126

This project aims to make an educational social media account to promote the understanding and empathy of mental health disparities. The platform will be used to raise donations for a local DC nonprofit called Active Minds, an organization that focuses on youth mental health. The plan is to collect donations through the platform, and in-person tabling. At the in-person events the group members will provide rubber bracelets as an incentive for people to donate and to spread awareness. 

Racial Injustice - $1000

This project hopes to create a library that provides access to diverse educational resources in order to help bridge the literacy gaps and access to educational resources to underserved communities. This is in partnership with First Book, Little Free Library, and Mr. Gordon Fletcher. The library will include resources on affordable childcare, various government program, and books written by people of color. In addition, the group will host a book drive on campus where students can donate a variety of books that will be redistributed in the library. 

Volunteer Day of Service - $400

This is a volunteer day of service with student volunteers from American University helping with an event by DC non-profit organization Community Bridges. The event is an in-person Career Summit for young girls on Saturday, March 19th at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. This project aims to address women economic empowerment by helping young girls from diverse backgrounds in the DMV area to reach their fullest potential. By partnering with Community Bridges, AU volunteers, and the non-profit organization can empower the girls to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women.  

LAYCCA College Visit Day - $1000

The College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program (CAS LEAD) will be working with LAYC Career Academy (LAYCCA) to create an event space known as “LAYCCA Day at American University.” LAYCCA aims to engage and empower young adults from the ages of 16 and 24 to provide college preparatory education to become involved members of the community. CAS LEAD students engage with the community by partnering with LAYCCA for a mentor to mentee relationship. CAS LEAD students help their mentors create or update their resumes and cover letters while building a relationship with them. The goal is to ensure that the mentees have all of the tools necessary to prepare them for their future endeavors. CAS LEAD wants to create an event to have LAYCCA students view the day-to-day life of a college student and engage in meaningful discussion. The discussion will be an opportunity for the LAYCCA students to ask questions to college students to learn about the ins and outs of university life and the application process.  

Purses for a Purpose - $1000

Purses for a Purpose Inc. is an IRS-approved 501c3 charitable organization that collects gently used handbags and purses and new travel-sized toiletries to donate to individuals experiencing homelessness in major metropolitan areas around the country. The toiletries are placed in purses and are given as support packages for these individuals. A new branch in Washington DC just recently opened and has over 100 donated purses filled with supplies. Currently the branch has over 300 purses ready to be donated but is in dire need of toiletries to fill them with. With support from Eagle Endowment, they would be able to buy more supplies to create packages and impact the lives of more women in the DC area. This is in partnership with Thrive DC.


Immigration Education and Awareness Week - $700

This purpose of this project is to organize an immigration education week. It aims to do this by facilitating different events/activities on each day of the week in order to spread awareness about problems dealing with immigration and the current refugee crisis.

Medical Supplies for La Clinica Del Pueblo - $1000

This is a two-part supply drive that aims to provide medical supplies to underserved communities in the DC area with a focus on immigrant communities. The first part is a supply donation directly to La Clinica Del Pueblo. The second part of the project is a supply drive that will take place on the AU campus. Band-Aids, over the counter medication, and other medical supplies would help communities to gain access to medical supplies especially those in healthcare deserts.


National Capital Wing First-Aid Training Center - $1000

This project aims to establish a First-Aid training center that would help volunteers and partner volunteers to train at a minimal cost and with increased accessibility. This would greatly support those in the emergency services community, and the funds would go towards First-Aid/CPR/AED training supplies.

Re-Stitching the Social Fabric of LeDroit Park - $1000

The goal of this project is to encourage engagement and dialogue in an increasingly gentrified community through activities such as open mic events, pot-luck style picnics, etc. Today, Shaw/U Street’s community integrity is threatened by tensions arising from a brand of mixed-income living that has displaced or excluded long-term residents both politically and culturally. Consequences have included lower levels of political activity among long-term residents and greater reported levels of cross-cultural resentment. As Shaw/U Street and the rest of D.C.'s neighborhoods inevitably diversify, it's crucial that mechanisms for cross-class communication, education and consensus exist.

Martha's Table - $400

The Alpha Phi Omega's service program intends to engage the AU campus and the broader DC community by organizing a week-long event at the MGC, including an event to collect clothing donations and cash contributions for Martha’s Table. Martha's Table feeds the hungry in DC, engages children through their afterschool programs, and runs a thrift store to help clothe those in need. Funding for this service project will go towards purchasing supplies for a sandwich-making event and additional food donations as needed for Martha's Table.


Food Rescue DC-$900

Partnering with Food Rescue DC, this project aims to combat recent food insecurities due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the DC Metro area. With this project, the recipient will collect food from local grocery stores and food chains with the D.C. non-profit, Food Rescue U.S. Students will then distribute this food to a homeless shelter/non-profit that deals with food insecurity.  

Fighting for Feminine Hygiene-$600

In conjunction with Thrive DC, this project aims to collect feminine hygiene products like pads and tampons. These products will then be donated to Thrive DC which will disperse them to homeless women in the area.

CAS Lead Soul-$600

This project involves a team of students from AU’s CAS LEAD certification program who are interning with DC’s SOUL Program to help them organize and fund care packages to be sent to students. Since this year has been hard with COVID and online classes, this project encourages SOUL’s students to stay motivated by brightening their day with a care package. The contents will include school supplies and sports equipment.

Empowering DC Youth- $1000

Partnering with DC nonprofit, Raising a Village Foundation (RAV), this project consists of providing college and financial aid information to everyone, but specifically DC black and brown youth. This community is targeted due to the achievement gap, which causes students to drop out of school or never progress beyond high school. This project will also provide RAV with school supplies for the students they work with, in order to help close the achievement gap.

2021 MLK Grant Recipients

Crash Course to Naturalization-$720   

This project focuses on the social barriers that target immigrants seeking naturalization. The funds will be used to hold remote citizenship workshops for immigrants in the DMV area. In addition, by partnering with Ayuda participants will have access to legal assistance to answer various immigration concerns.  

Everybody’s Classroom-$1000

Partnering with DC Public schools, this three-phase project will help schools bridge the inequities between their students, specifically their immigrant students, by addressing the inequitable resource distribution that immigrant students face as well as enhancing teacher preparation and strengthening the relationships between marginalized students, including immigrant students, and their educators.   

Dancing Through Colorism-$1000

In conjunction with DC Public Schools and Horton’s Kids, this project provides a series of 1 hour dance centered workshops for Middle and High School students to, create space for embodied conversations about colorism. The workshops key goals are to reaffirm agency, educate and engage local students from varying backgrounds in the DMV.  



Collaborating with dance studios in the DC Metro area, this project works to create a centralized search  and booking platform connecting dance professionals with space. Dancespace serves the DMV dance community by working towards empowering artists and supporting longevity of arts organizations.

Backpacks for SJPDC-$1,000

This project collaborates with the School Justice Project of DC (SJPDC), a nonprofit organization that uses special education law to ensure that older, court-involved students with disabilities can access a quality education. SJPDC has agreed to host an informational talk for the AU community while students make backpack kits filled with school supplies and basic need items attorneys could use to easily provide their clients with the necessary physical resources to pursue their education.

2020 MLK Grant Recipients

LPTM: Kids on Campus day-$1,000

Partnering with Life Pieces to Masterpieces, this project supports a day long kids on campus day at American University. The goal of this day is to introduce boys and young men that are enrolled in both DC public school as well as LPTM, to the AU community and a taste of college life.

Thank you lunch:  Aramark workers at American University-$515

This project works with American University students to host a lunch for the Aramark workers at AU by providing a buffet lunch from Los Hermanos. This lunch, dedicated to the Aramark workers is created with the intention of thanking them for their work, showing appreciation, and improving relationships.

2019 Fall Grant Recipients

AU NAACP and College Bound- $237.00

In conjunction with DC College Bound and the AU chapter of NAACP, this project provides lunch to 15-20 college ready DC locals during a visit to AU. The goal of this trip is to showcase AU as an option to local DC students as they usually visit UDC for their college tour.

Hispanic Day Laborers-$800

This project works with Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC (Workers United of Washington DC) to evaluate levels of psychological stress among Hispanic Day Laborers. The study aims to determine how they view their level of satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and mental well-being. The research will then be used to connect and understand this vulnerable community as well as assist the community partner with their various initiatives.


Bridging the Gap for DC Students and Limitless Potential- $450 

This project collaborates with  DC Public Schools, AU Student Government, Kogod Center for Business Communications, and LaSalle Backus Educational Campus.  Continuing and building upon a student-led adopt-a-school initiative, this project funds a one day college visit for students, complementing the hard work happening in the classrooms and transforming it into a visual representation of every child’s true potential.

2019 MLK Grant Recipients

Latino Student Fund Bilingual Library- $400

Working with the Latino Student Fund at the National Cathedral, this grant will help establish a Bilingual Library for the 80-100 ELL youth, (1st-12th grade). This will provide bilingual and culturally-relevant books to expand the library's collection outside of traditional franchise books.

HARCC Oral History Database- $550

This project will fund the creation of the Scotland AME Zion Oral History Database with the Historic African River Road Collection. This collection collects and preserves the history lost during the development of Tenleytown. Working with the Humanities Truck and AU's Archives and Special Collections, this will allow the community to record history that would otherwise be overlooked.

Black Afterlives Matter- $850

This project works with the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition to preserve the legacy of communities that may be erased by the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Committee, which plans to develop over the Westbard Cemetery. The funding works with the Katzen Arts Center and the Department of Anthropology to set up an exhibit to showcase the history and support efforts of resilience.

Pads4Learning- $400

In conjuction with ACESWorld and with support from Howard University, this project funds AU students and community members to make 100 sustainable feminine hygeine products for women in Cartegena, Colombia.

2018 Fall Grant Recipients

CIVICS Education Program- $150

These funds helped purchase a Harvard curriculum designed to improve civics education and engagement. The SPA Leadership Club will implement the 8-week program with DC Public schools; starting with the Meridian Public Charter School.

STEM Education for Columbia Heights- $400

This project works with 20 youth in the Columbia Heights Village subsidized-apartments. Using STEM-based project kits that were effective in Balitmore Public Schools, youth from 1st-6th grade will have an opportunity to receive afterschool STEM education.

La Clínica del Pueblo Volunteer Program- $300

This project funds volunteer management software that will upgrade their volunteer recruitment, activities, and retention. La Clínica del Pueblo offers free, culturally appropriate health services for Latino immigrants recently displaced by conflict. 

YouthBuild Classroom Improvement- $200

This project, led by a volunteer educator at YouthBuild Public Charter School, will improve the classroom environment by making 'learning walls' that will engage the student population. As an alternative school for nontraditional 16-24 year olds, it is important for the school to be a welcoming environment that matches it's mission of transforming lives.

2018 Spring Grant Recipients

AU Feed DC- $400

This project provided 100 lunches to the Arlington Street People's Network. With a partnership with the Davenport Coffee Lounge, 22 students volunteered to assemble the meals.

Empowering the Haitian Diaspora Community- $450

This project worked with JetLi transfer, an organization founded by a Haitian immigrant, that helps the diaspora community send money and direct goods to their families in Haiti in a more affordable way that stimulates the Haitian economy.

Thrive DC Donations Room- $450

After volunteering with Thrive DC for a Community-Based Learning class, these students recognized the need to improve the organization of the donation room. Funds purchased sorting bins and a whiteboard to make an efficient inventory for Thrive DC, which works to prevent and end homelessness.

Shakespeare's a White Supremacist- $800

Part of the Fractal Collective, a group that's pushing the boundaries of theatre, the funding secured the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop as a venue for 7 performances of a play that discussed race in the context of the theatre. Community feedbacks following performances engaged the audience in a dialogue.

Food Education and Youth Development in DC - $200

This project funded food for a skillshare cooking session and matched donations for a graduation ceremony at Brainfood, an organization that teaches high school students how to cook. AU students participated in the skillshare to exchange knowledge of food security and life skills.

Intergenerational Dialogue on Gentrification- $400

Working with All Our Kids, this project provided the organization with lighting, a tripod, and an art installation which would be used in their Tribe series. All Our Kids encourages youth to unleash their potential through art.

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grant Recipients

Health Literacy in the Sibley Community - $600

AU's chapter of UAID (United Against Inequities in Disease) will team up with a community partner to design and hold six free sessions on different topics on health literacy. Professors in the AU Public Health department will assist UAID in designing the curriculum.

Systematic Flaws & Human Irrationality in the Legal Decision Making System- $200

As a part of a Social Action Project through the SPA Leadership Program, the recipients raised awareness regarding issues in the justice system such as bias and racism with a panel and encouraged attendees to take action to write to their legal representatives.

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grant Recipients

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Education - $400

This grant was used to research, create, and distribute LGBTQ-inclusive sex education. The report is now housed at SMYAL, a local organization that empowers LGBTQ youth and is available as a resource for local schools.

Fostering Positive Youth Development - $600

This project worked with Boys Town DC, a foster home, to provide the youth there with a basketball court. Informed by research on aging out, this community-informed project normalizes the childhood experience. The hoops are insured until 2023.

Blackout: Generation Liberation- $700

This grant was used to support racial justice and youth development sessions held by Blackout: Generation Liberation in the Peace House DC.

Farmers' Art Market- $150

This project was a second portion of the Southeast DC Young Artist show and continued to support low-income high school artists.

Through Refugee's Eyes- $300

The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program used this grant to host a summit to raise awareness regarding the refugee crisis, host speakers, display artists' work, and fundraise for nonprofit organizations.

Climate Change Event- $250

This project worked with Bruce Monroe Elementary School to make decorative pots and provide the children with plants to take home.

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients

Southeast DC Young Artist Show - $350

This project supported high school artists in Southeast DC, where public schools have limited funding for arts programs. Young artists were able to meet local artists and sell their artwork.

A Public Service Heart for the Homeless - $575

Working with the National Coalition for the Homeless, this project mobilized 14 volunteers and served about 50 homeless men and women with care packages.

Community Garden at LaSalle Backus Campus - $625

The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program identified a number of goals that the principal of the LaSalle Backus Campus hoped to achieve. To fulfill one of these goals, the students established a community garden on the campus.

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grant Recipients

Dream Big Play Tough - $750

"The Dream Big Play Tough" project is designed to give girls the opportunities to execute the skills acquired in class by beinginvolved in Chess tournaments and training with the required tools. Girls
benefit from learning and competing in chess because it teaches girls how to resolve situations in a tactical manner.

2. The Peace Project - $300

By incorporating students from the AU community who actively create positive change on and off campus, this project aims to spread knowledge to children in DC with lessons on non-violence and peace in accordance to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. After the workshops, these children and students will draw and/or write on a quilt square to show what a world of peace means to
them. The physical representation of peace learning will be hung in a public space, either on campus or elsewhere, to encourage positive sustainable peace.

Science Club for Foster Children at Monument Academy - $800

This projects implements a science club at Monument Academy, a school designed to provide foster students a tailored education. The after school program will consist of activities about global warming, adaptation and climates and phase change. It will also provide the students the chance to discover a topic they may want to pursue in the future and prepare them to succeed academically.

Cyber Bullying - $300

This project aims to teach a workshop to middle school students at 4 different middle schools. These lessons will teach students about cyber bullying along with how to notice and prevent it. A compliments page will be implemented to show that social media can be used for positive methods and to promote a space of positivity. This will make a sustainable impact as it will start to teach a technological generation about proper use of social media.

Intimate Partner Violence Action Training and Help Strategy - $300

This project of peer-educated workshops proposes to solve the discrepancy in education regarding intimate partner violence within the AU community. By creating a directory and various strategies primarily within Greek organizations on campus, this project will discuss various options available for those who wish to take action against intimate partner violence once it is identified for both perpetrators and victims.

Next Step for Students at Next Step - $500

This project proposes an arranged panel of college students whose life experiences and challenges are similar to the less fortunate students from Next Step Charter School (a school that teaches English and GED tutoring to 16-24 year old). Through the panel, the
current students would be able to receive information from experienced sources, and be able to have their questions answered.

Social Capital - $700

This project aims to organize three life skills workshops for the DC Doors organization's clients. The classes will help the clients embrace their human rights by learning to take care of themselves and their children. This will make an impact by leading them to make better
decisions for themselves as well as their children to break the vicious cycle of homelessness.

Art Project at Bruce-Monroe - $800

Elementary school children in low-income areas of Washington, D.C. do not have sufficient access to artistic resources and creative outlets, often leaving them uninspired. This lack of inspiration causes children to be more perceptive to negative influences. The goal this social action project is to implement a stronger arts education program into Bruce-Monroe Elementary School. The students of Bruce-Monroe are
mainly minority students who come from low-income families. Budget cuts in recent years have caused the school to sufficiently reduce the resources allocated to arts education. The four phases of this project include creating a mosaic mural, drawing pictures for children at the Children's National Health System, inviting renowned D.C. muralist Aniekan Udofia to share his story becoming an artist, and a field trip to the National Gallery of Art.

Fall 2015 Grant Recipients

Kids on Campus Day- $500

This event will be held in April 2016 and will host 250 students from 9 nonprofits (High Achievement, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Latin American Youth Center, Latino Student Fund, CentroNia, MOMIE's TLC, SOUL, and Reading Partners). Each child will receive a campus tour, participate in educational activities, eat in the dining hall, and receive free books to take home. This event would help the greater AU community in many ways. For the 200+ tutors that DC Reads works with, it is an incredible experience to see their students come to campus. For the other students on campus that see
the event taking place, it may spark their interest for community service. It is also very eye-opening to see students that may be under served come to such a prestigious university and realize their own college potential.

SOUL Leadership and Professional Development Day- $500

The aim of SOUL Leadership and Professional Development Day is to assist SOUL scholars with preparing for the college application process and professional life. DC Reads tutors and Alpha Kappa Psi members will prep the scholars for interviewing, help them to create resumes, and edit and plan their college application essays through various workshops


Community Leaders Advancing in Spanish and English (CLASE) seeks to create bonds within the American University community by connecting students with workers from the Aramark housekeeping staff. In doing this, student tutors use English and Spanish skills to work directly with these workers to help them learn to read
and write in English and practice citizenship skills needed to prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Exam. The acquired knowledge on the part of the Aramark workers then leads to empowerment and social mobility as they gain valuable skills s a result of their tutoring sessions.

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

Spotlight- $600
This project is for at-risk individuals and communities.
The project will provide Life Skills
education which is necessary for safe and healthy lives and the
Arts education that can provide an outlet for life saving self expression.

Dr. Martin Luther King Grants 2015

CLASE- $400

CLASE aims to supply the student-workers pairs with more adequate and available resources that would enhance English-language learning. Getting more English language textbooks would assist CLASE in its efforts to make AU community one of mutual support and empowerment for all.

Light Lights Community Garden- $450

This project hopes to change the way children and families in Potomac gardens eat and think about their diets. For kids who grow up in food deserts without any intervention, they are unlikely to grow up accustomed to or enjoying healthy foods. With healthier diets, health issues like obesity and diabetes can be avoided.

Covenant House: Lunch with Santa- $645

Lambda Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will
assist Covenant House Washington in their Holiday Event by bring Santa to the youth at this center. Also, they will assist with getting necessary resources needed in their newly renovated Child Development Center.

College Access- $639

This project will be implementing a three-part program for thirty 9th - 111th grade students in DC. The goal of this project is to supply at-risk youth with the equal resources, opportunities, and support as college track students.

Mount Pleasant Civic Forum- $150

This projects aim is to give the community members an opportunity to voice their opinion on issues happening in Mount Pleasant. As well as teach them the available resources that are available to them and the correct procedures to handle situations.

Fall 2014 Grant Recipients

Kids on Campus Day- $500

DC Reads Team Leaders needed support to host their annual Kids on Campus Day in April. This event was created in an effort to expose DC youth to a college campus and to provide kids ages 6-17 with valuable workshops regarding education and the importance of academic investment. The Eagle Endowment will support by
supplying two books for each child that attends and by having a children author as the guest speaker.

Demographic Study of Day Laborers in D.C.- $450

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington D.C.'s main purpose is to educate and address the needs of the immigrant, migrant, and low income worker community in Washington D.C. metro area. The organization primary mission is to advance and defend the rights and interests of immigrants and low income workers by working together and empowering them to improve working condition of day laborers. The
Eagle Endowment will support funding for the resources needed for data collection from the Day Laborers for a future Day Center.

Dr. Martin Luther King 2014 Grant Recipients

Empowering Youth through Green Space- $625

Low-income communities within the northeast and southeast quadrants of the Washington D.C. metro area lack opportunities to build a connection to the environment due to a small number of parks and green spaces in these communities. This project will teach basic
beautification skills and anti-litter education to elementary school students as well as provide students with the opportunity to experience large parks and outdoor areas. Additionally, the project will have themes of environmental stewardship and discuss how students can improve the environment around them.

Arts for the Aging: Brandi Rose- $600

AFTA wants to publish a book of original work done by seniors in various AFTA programs. It will give the seniors a chance to share their work and also show work AFTA does in the DC community.

Latino Student Fund- $600

Provide funding to assist low income students in reading, writing, and math help. This grant would pay for workbooks, food, and worksheets for the students and tutors during these tutoring sessions.

Anacostia River- $418

Environmental Sustainability club chose to focus on rampant pollution in the Anacostia River as a direct effect of the degraded riparian areas, or wetland "buffer zones", that line its banks. They believe this is an essential issue to address as American University students as it directly affects all residents in D.C. and surrounding areas.

Cesar Chavez- $354

An activity based leadership curriculum for high school students. It will be twice a week, all of spring semester.

Conzo-zilla- $1,000

The AU Alternative Winter Break to New
Mexico City for 2013-2014 will collaborate with local community partners- Norwood Cooperative- on a bilingual children's play entitled "Condozilla" to educate local elementary school children on gentrification and the fight to preserve affordable housing in DC. This is mutually beneficial project provides Alternative Breaks students with an opportunity for meaningful youth engagement and post-trip activism, while lending support to a community organized social justice initiative.

Reading Sidekicks- $300

Our project is designed to provide an opportunity for families to read with their children, and increase the access to high quality literature. We are also interested in building a greater awareness to high quality literature. We are also interested in building a greater awareness by working on a DC links project to show evidence -based learning.

Know the Name Campaign- $800

The Know the Name Campaign is a multi-faceted campaign to end the
stereotyping and stigmatization of the homeless individuals in the D.C. area. KNC will incorporate an online campaign, a radio panel of currently and formerly homeless individuals , and a final event at the end of March 2014. Throughout the KNC, there will be the KNC Challenge, which is a pledge for the non-homeless to endeavor to treat the homeless better and to begin conversations with the
homeless, whose stigma excludes them from society.