Added to EAF's array of programs in 1995, fellowships do not require enrollment in an academic institution. These awards help to improve the quality of life of others by funding research and projects with practical applications.
Foundation fellowships have been awarded to individuals for a wide range of purposes, from assistance in finding non-violent solutions to human disputes to conducting research on hypertension and the impact of nuclear testing on marine life.
EAF awards the following fellowships, during even-numbered years:
Establishing a Fellowship
If you are a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and would like to establish a fellowship, your efforts would support students in a particular field of study. Fellowships are awarded during even-numbered years, and the amount of the award is determined by the fellowship administrator or designated group. Any account balances over $5,000 will draw interest.
Contributions are the lifeblood of the Foundation's work, enabling us to generate the investment income that funds our programs.
While cash donations are the most common form of giving, insurance, memorial gifts, charitable trusts, stocks and bonds are other methods. One of the most gratifying ways for donors to support lifelong learning is by giving to or establishing an endowment fund or fellowship within the Foundation.
These funds add a whole new dimension to the concept of nurturing lifelong learning because they allow the benefactor to reaffirm his or her commitment to a particular niche in education, by establishing specific criteria and guidelines for awarding the funds. Endowments and fellowships are also an excellent way for donors to honor the memory of a friend or loved one.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation offers an opportunity for members, organizations and corporations to leave a lasting legacy through its Endowment Program. An endowment is a restricted, invested fund from which the interest and dividends earned are used for scholarships awards. The principal is never touched, thereby providing a "scholarship" nest egg for years to come. Special donor stipulations may be used to establish the fund to support a personal commitment, honor a loved one or support a specific profession.
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The first step
A minimum of $1,000 may be submitted to "initiate" an endowed fund. This denotes intent and identifies the name(s) of the donor(s). Once the fund reaches $5,000, it is considered "established," becomes part of the Foundation's restricted funds and begins to draw interest, which is compounded to facilitate growth and eventual capitalization. No awards are made from the fund until it is "capitalized" at $20,000. Simply put:
Creating a "Legacy Endowment" is an excellent way to encourage family members who are Alpha Kappa Alpha "sisters" to pool funds for prosperity. It can be used to promote endowment-building at the Sorority's Regional Conferences and other venues and is a personal and heartfelt way to create a "lasting legacy" for family members under one initiative.
Capitalized Endowment Funds [$20,000 or more]
Applying for endowment funds
Endowment fund applications are accepted throughout the year, and you can apply for more than one fund. Review the capitalized endowment fund criteria to find those that match your qualifications. (Click on a fund title below to view criteria. [PDF])
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