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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.

Oliver Pasek

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Hi! My name is Oliver Pasek, a current first year here at AU. I come from Evanston, IL, a city just above Chicago. Apart from the Eagle Endowment Council, I play on the competitive club tennis team as well, and I'm hoping to find some more activities to be involved in on campus. Some interests of mine are taking walks, listening and creating music, meeting new people, playing sports, and having interesting conversations. For my first year I hope I can make a meaningful impact using university funds through my position with the Eagle Endowment Council. 

Lorraine Kudayah

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Lorraine is a part-time graduate student in American University’s School of International Service pursuing a degree in International Development. Outside of the classroom, she has been working with GROWTH, an initiative of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), which focus is promoting homeownership for low-to-moderate-income families and/or in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. She's originally from Togo and speaks French and Mina. Upon graduating this December, Lorraine looks forward to embarking on her new journey with Chemonics International.

Edith Myhre 

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My name is Edie and I am a freshman from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania studying neuroscience. A fun fact about me is that I am a second degree black belt in Jung sim do and am a member of the AU Tae Kwon Doe club. Outside of school I love volunteering and I am passionate about mental health, so I dedicate my time to serving three mental health nonprofit organizations. I am driven to be a member of the Eagle endowment council because I want to immerse myself in the AU and greater DC community and do my part to support and advocate for projects that will truly enhance the mental, physical, emotional, and social well being of the students and people in our area. 

Rebeka Rafi

Headshot of RebekaRebeka Rafi is a second year undergraduate student in the 3-Year Public Health Scholars Program, College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program, and the Early Identification Program. Rebeka will be receiving her B.S. in Public Health and is minoring in BioChemistry, currently on the pre-medical route. She was a recipient of the Eagle Endowment award in the Spring 2021 cycle and ran a project centered around combating food insecurity and food waste in the D.C.-Northern Virginia area. She had the opportunity to work with Food Rescue U.S. during her project, which is a non-profit organization in D.C.

Julianne Wong

Selfie of JulianneJulianne Wong is a first-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public health. She is interested in epidemiology and assessing the distribution of diseases and how determinants impact the health of populations to ensure that more effective and equitable preventions and interventions are implemented. The health of individuals has always been an issue that she has been passionate about, however the focus on community health in public health has shown her that there is so much more she can contribute to and study in the field. She has been involved in community volunteering, actively volunteering for Samaritan’s Purse’s annual Operation Christmas Child project, and serving the local community through her church. She believes that every community outreach project is important on any scale and can make an impact, no matter how small.

Kendal Thomas

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Kendal Thomas is a first year undergraduate student from Unionville Pennsylvania, studying sociology. In the past, she has been involved on committees for diversity, equity and inclusion, but this is her first introduction to a formal philanthropic organization. She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve the greater community through the council!

Andra Mutu

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Hi everyone! I am a first year student here at AU studying Neuroscience and Leadership and Ethical Development. I’m originally from the Bay Area, California, but super happy to be here in DC. I am super passionate about social equity, especially in the healthcare system, and community involvement. Currently, I am working on campus as a swim instructor, and volunteering around the DMV area with various organizations. A fun fact about me, I speak Romanian, basic Spanish, and am working on my French. Looking forward to working with you all!

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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