MAEOPP is committed to holistically assisting in the development of approximately 200,000 students served in the various TRiO programs within its region. The Association has been very proactive in adopting cutting edge measures in reaching out to first generation, low income and students with disabilities.
Annually, MAEOPP distributes various scholarships and awards to deserving recipients that have overcome a myriad of obstacles. The MAEOPP Education Foundation (MEF) and the MAEOPP Scholarship committee work diligently to ensure a diverse pool of applicants for these scholarships
2013 MAEOPP scholarships and amounts offered by MEF are listed below:
|Each state in the MAEOPP region: (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin)||$1000||
MAEOPP Board scholarships are sponsored by the MAEOPP Board of Directors. Students are nominated by a TRiO professional in their respective state.
The Ralph Pruitt Fund was the first fund established by the MAEOPP Education Foundation (MEF), and the first scholarship funded by MAEOPP. Dr. Ralph Pruitt was a math professor at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Pruitt was one of the founders of MAEOPP.
The Silas Purnell Scholarship Fund was established by the Board of Directors of the MAEOPP Education Foundation (MEF) in 2000. Initial support was provided by two MEF board members and the Illinois Chapter of MAEOPP.
Silas Purnell worked for Talent Search at the Ada S. McKinley Community Center in Chicago, IL. He served needy and deserving students for 34 years and is known nationally as an advocate for equal access for low-income and first-generation students. He is directly responsible for thousands of students gaining access to, and succeeding in, higher education.
Silas has a national alumni of students who participated in his Talent Search Program in Chicago who have gone on to accomplish great things in higher education and in the private sector.
MAEOPP Education Foundation (MEF) Scholarships/Awards
MEF has and will continue to serve a large number (over 200,000) of students which consist of one of the most diverse groups of middle, high school and college students.
From 1996 to 2003, a total of 212 MEF Family of scholarships and awards were provided to low-income, first-generation, disabled and educational opportunity program (EOP) students. The number of scholarships and awards given, by year and scholarship and award type, is summarized below.
For 2005-06, we welcomed the Illinois Scholarship Program (ISP), funded initially by the Grand Victoria Foundation, Chicago, Illinois. This scholarship provides ten, $2,000 scholarships for students in the Chicago metropolitan area. MEF is currently seeking support from other potential funders to increase the funding and scope of ISP.