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Eagle Endowment Council

The Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service is a unique, student-led effort providing grants to students. The very first initiative of its kind, the endowment awards grants up to $1,000 to students and student groups demonstrating a need for the initial resources to propel an original idea that focuses on providing high quality community service in the DC area into action. We then continue working with the recipient to turn their action into service by providing education and an alumni/professionals network to help maintain success in their venture.

Council members will assist with promoting each grant cycle, reviewing and interviewing applicants, fundraising to maintain funds granted out and assist with event planning activities. Undergraduate, graduate, and Washington College of Law students are all encouraged to apply for a position. A Council with a diverse background will only strengthen the mission of the Eagle Endowment in providing grants and educating the University community through service.

Current Council Members:

Mary Frances Odukwe, Coordinator

Mary Frances Odukwe

Mary Frances is a second year graduate student in American University's School of International Service. She is also a 2020 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. Mary Frances has facilitated projects on microenterpreneurship and environmental sustainability in Ecuador and Panama. She has worked at an NGO in Spain and as a Public Affairs Intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. And this past summer, she completed a consular internship for the American Embassy at Ivory Coast. She speaks Spanish, Igbo, and basic French. Upon graduation, she plans to join the Foreign Service as a Consular Officer. 

Taylor Moore, Council Member 

Taylor Moore Taylor is a part time MPA student in the School of Public Affairs and works full time for a nonprofit focused on strengthening public education policy. In her current role, she supports diverse networks of philanthropic actors and leaders on the ground working together towards a vision for stronger and more equitable public schools by ensuring that youth and communities have what they need to thrive. Taylor received her B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Connecticut and has a Certificate in Analytics and Management from AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy. 

Monica Behn

Monica Behn

Monica Behn is a Florida native and recent graduate of the School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration program at American University. She currently works at the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and was a recipient of the prestigious Rangel Fellowship with the Department of State. Monica served as the Eagle Endowment coordinator for two years.

Before attending school at AU, Monica taught English for three years in South Korea where she worked as Head English Instructor at Korea POLY School during her last year. She speaks basic Korean and has traveled to numerous countries in South East Asia such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bali, and the Philippines. Monica is set to depart in 2022 for Dhaka, Bangladesh for her first diplomatic assignment.

Eagle Endowment Council Questions?

The Eagle Endowment Council is a body made up of undergraduate and graduate students who help review grant applications and determine funding. Members receive experience in a variety of areas including marketing, fundraising, event planning and project Management. If you have questions about eligibility, email the Coordinator, contact the office at (202) 885-7378, or visit us in MGC 273.

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