EOA Foundation (EOAF)
The Educational Opportunity Association Foundation (EOAF) exists for the purpose of funding scholarships and fellowships for low-income, first-generation, and educational opportunity program students.
The Educational Opportunity Association Foundation (EOAF) develops, manages, and distributes funds to provide financial support in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and leadership opportunities so that students will successfully complete a college degree. The organization will share its knowledge of successful models of scholarship programs with other organizations.
The Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) is a regional professional association. States in the EOA region include Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Nearly 1,000 professionals working in TRIO or Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs) at approximately 200 colleges, universities, and community organizations throughout the region are active EOA members. The common, over-arching purpose of all TRIO and EOP programs is to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Eligible students are in grade 6 though adult learners, have family income below 150% of federal poverty guidelines, are U.S. military veterans, and/org have a disability. TRIO and EOP programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO and EOP programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The EOA Board of Directors established the EOA Foundation in 1988 to raise and manage funds for the primary purpose of providing scholarships and fellowships to TRIO and educational opportunity program students in the ten-state EOA region. Scholarship recipients are nominated by EOA members and awarded annually through a process coordinated by the EOA Board Scholarship Committee.
Foundation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EOAF President: Deon Brown | email@example.com
EOAF Secretary: Andrew Cseter | firstname.lastname@example.org
Deon Brown, President
Lee Stephenson, Vice-President
Barb Gibbs, Treasurer
Andrew Cseter, Secretary
Rhetta Seymour, Treasurer-elect
Mattie Payne-Mallory, Advancement Chair
Aaron Cortes, Marketing & Communications Chair