Every gift made to EIU -- whether it is big or small -- makes a difference. The “ripple effect” of each donation is amazing to watch and inspires giving in others. When recent scholarship recipients were asked what they would like to say to alumni, friends and donors to EIU, this is what they wrote:
“I would like to thank the donors for believing in me and my future. All the opportunities I have been given and all of my accomplishments are possible for me because of kind people like you who understand the importance of a college education: Not just for preparing young adults for their careers, but for adulthood and how to be dynamic, active, and productive members of their communities, whatever their vocations should be. Words cannot express how honored and humbled I am to receive this scholarship.” — Travis Moody
“This is so much more than just a scholarship to me. This is a boost of confidence that I am worth it, and that I have people behind me telling me I can do this. Being a first-generation college student is slightly intimidating because nobody else in my family can offer me any insight on what to expect. But with this scholarship I can relieve some of the stress that has been weighing on me.” — Kristen Ames
“It is incredible what you are doing to promote the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at Eastern Illinois and the students of the university. Our business programs do an incredible job of preparing students for the next stages of their lives, whether that be graduate school or their career of choice. Between a strong curriculum, excellent faculty, and incredibly effective support systems, students are given everything they could possibly need to succeed in college and in life. On behalf of myself and all other students in the Lumpkin School of Business & Technology, thank you very much for your support.” — Jason Tabit
Many students attending EIU are eager to attain a college degree, but most cannot afford to pay for their education on their own. At Eastern Illinois University, 67.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid. Without generous donors like yourself, many students would not be able to fulfill their dreams of graduating from EIU.
At Eastern Illinois University, we are constantly striving to provide our students, faculty and staff with the essential tools they need to learn. We also pride ourselves in being at the forefront of technology and scientific research. EIU houses one of the largest biomass renewable energy projects in the country and is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.