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How to give to the EIU Chemistry Department

Your donations allow us to serve our students in the Chemistry Department at Eastern Illinois University to the utmost of our ability.  Involving students in active research projects remains a priority here in the Chemsitry Department, and your gifts help both undergraduates and graduate students realize their research goals. We deeply appreciate your gifts and contributions.

There are many ways to contribute to the Chemistry Department:

Chemistry Gift Account

This is our general donation fund that is used to purchase equipment, send undergraduates to conferences, and fund other special opportunities that fall outside our normal general funds.

Chemistry Scholarships

You may want to help increase the funds available to our undergraduates through scholarships.  Our current scholarships are:

Harris E. Phipps Chemistry:

This award is supported by the Harris E. Phipps endowment. It is a one-time award of $1000 given to a full-time junior in the fall semester of her/his junior year who shows exceptional scholarship and leadership and shows great promise of a distinguished career in the field of chemistry.

Harris E. Phipps Freshman Award:

This award is supported by the Harris E. Phipps endowment. It is a one-time award of $1000 given to a first-year, full-time freshman in the fall semester of her/his freshmen year who shows exceptional potential to make significant contributions to the field of chemistry and chemistry education.

Robert and Shirley Karraker Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by the Karrakers in 1994 to encourage academically talented students to attend Eastern. It is a recurring four-year award, administered as part of our cheistry scholars program, that is given to an incoming full-time freshman majoring in chemistry who shows exceptional promise for distinction in the field of chemistry.

Edward O. Sherman Memorial Scholarship:

The Edward O. Sherman memorial scholarship was established by family, friends, and former students of Professor Sherman, who was a strong voice in the EIU chemistry department in support of high standards of achievement by faculty and students for nearly ten years. The award is made to an outstanding sophomore student in chemistry who gives promise of distinguished service in the field of chemistry by reason of scholarship, responsible character, and sense of purpose.

George L. Cunningham Scholarship:

The George L. Cunningham scholarship was established by Nell Cunningham and her family in memory of her husband, George L. Cunningham Jr., a faculty member in the department of chemistry at EIU from 1961 until his retirement in 1986. The award is also in memory of his parents, George L. Cunningham, Sr. and Irene Brooks Cunningham. The award goes annually to a chemistry major who has shown academic excellence and promise for distinction in the field of chemistry. Preference is given to students whose performance in physical chemistry, which was Dr. Cunningham's specialty, is particularly outstanding.

Sidney R. Steele Student Summer Award:

The Sidney R. Steele student summer award was established in 1997 through a very generous donation from former EIU chemistry department chair, Dr. Sidney R. Steele. It provides a summer research stipend for a student who shows exceptional promise for distinction in chemistry.

Richard L. & Ellen A. Keiter Scholarship:

This fellowship was established by the Drs. Keiter to promote excellence in undergraduate research in the Department of Chemistry. The fellowship provides a stipend for a promising undergraduate student for a summer of research working with a faculty mentor. The Keiter fellowship is awarded to a student who shows potential for undertaking independent research and whose work shows promise of publication.

Roger F. Hibbs Memorial Chemistry Scholarship:

This award was established in 2008 by Mary Hibbs to honor her husband’s memory. The scholarship provides a monetary award a full-time chemistry major who has a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates financial need. This scholarship may be awarded to the same person more than once.


How to Donate

Online with a Credit Card

If you would like to make an online donation using a credit card, the EIU Office of Philanthropy has all the information you will need.  Once you are at the donate page, you can choose Chemistry under the College of Sciences listing, or if you would like to donate to a particular scholarship, choose Other Gift (Please Specify) and then you may designate what you would like your gift to be used for.

With a Personal Check by Mail

If you would like send a donation by check, please mail it to:

Eastern Illinois University Foundation
860 West Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL  61920

You may designate where you would like your donation to go on your check's memo line. We are very grateful for any contribution toward our programs or scholarships.

 If you need any other information, please contact us at 217-581-3322.  We would be happy to hear from you.