Reflections From The President Of The EIU Foundation
Education A Priority!
Education has long been a priority for me!
I grew up understanding the importance of education. The depression interrupted my parents' higher education plans. My mother started teaching before she completed her degree. I watched her attend night classes and summer classes while teaching full time and caring for her family of four children. I completed my degree before she finished her degree. We all celebrated her graduation!
I have always been involved in education either as a student, a teacher, a board member of an educational institution, or a member of philanthropic organizations that provide financial aid and support to students. I have been amazed at the opportunities and experiences that are a direct result of a good education. Through Eastern Illinois University and the EIU Foundation, my life and the lives of many students have been enriched. EIU provides not only a degree but an outstanding education that serves a graduate well throughout life
The Foundation currently manages assets in excess of $89,900,000 and $900,000 was added to the permanent endowment in the past year. 998 scholarships totaling $1,225,000 were awarded and grants of $2,600,000 were given to the University. We hope to exceed these numbers in the fiscal year 2019.
It is truly a privilege to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors. A board of volunteers who share in a passion for Eastern Illinois University and for helping students achieve their goals and dreams. So with gratitude and your support, the Foundation Board, members, and staff will continue to do everything we can to help students pursue their education and enrich their lives. It’s a priority!
Sylvia Nichols, President
Eastern Illinois University Foundation
Board of Directors