Help Us Move Ahead – and Win a FREE EALgreen T-Shirt!

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During the last 18 months, EALgreen has not only celebrated several notable achievements, we’ve also prepared the way for an even more productive future. First, we developed and implemented a new brand in support of a circular economy. Then, we revitalized our website and introduced a series of new communications for our donors, college and university partners and EALgreen scholars. You can watch the video of our celebration marking the milestone of raising $18,000,000 for 15,000EALgreen scholarships on our website! We’re now on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter and would love to post about you! Just send us a selfie along with your name, major, school, graduation year, email and snail mail address and we’ll send you a FREE EALgreen T-shirt as a gift! Then we’ll post your selfie as an EALgreen scholar on our Facebook page. It’s a great way to raise your profile as a successful student. It’s…

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Networking. The Most Overlooked Benefit of College.

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For most college graduates the first order of business after admiring their diploma is to get a job. Moreover, as the article above indicates, having a degree gives them a significant advantage for winning one. But what many young people don’t realize is that in addition to a formal education, attending college offers them another career enhancing benefit: the opportunity to build a strong professional network. Here’s a statistic that proves the point. According to a recent Monster College survey, 78 percent of job-seeker respondents who were recent college graduates, said networking was a factor in their job searches. And no wonder, since most experts agree that up to 85% of all new jobs are found through networking. Unfortunately, sometimes students wait until after graduation to start developing their network. This can be challenging, especially for introverts who may not connect with their peers outside of class. Here are six…

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Our Mission: To Give Young People the Tools for the New World of Work.

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The ultimate mission of every non-profit is to change the world for the better. Certainly, that goal inspired Swede Roskam and Dan Mickelson to launch EALgreen 35 years ago. Their plan was to enable corporations to donate excess inventory to colleges so that those institutions could turn the money saved on supplies into scholarships for financially disadvantaged students. Over the last 35 years, EAL has succeeded in this intention to an extraordinary degree, raising over $18 million to pay for over 15,000 scholarships. EALgreen’s mission is becoming more important with each passing year. In the first half of the twentieth century, a college education was regarded as an advantage whether a student was pursuing a professional career or a leadership role in the industry. Still, the majority of Americans began their careers with a high school diploma or less. However, starting in the 1970’s, innovations in technology were making occupations…

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Going Places

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  One of the special joys of leading EALgreen is knowing that we’re helping thousands of students, dozens of colleges and a host of donor companies achieve their unique goals simultaneously! Even more, by accomplishing our own goals, we’re enabling each of our partners to do their part in changing the world for the better. But to achieve any goal, you first need a plan. Our plan is to raise awareness of the urgent need for businesses and colleges to come together to help financially vulnerable students solve the problem of how to pay for college. We believe this problem has a solution. We plan to start by reaching out to as many businesses and colleges as we can. In addition to building new partnerships, we want to add more value to each relationship we have built in the community over the last 30 years. And finally, we want to…

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An EALgreen Scholarship Story for the Holidays

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In her book In the Garden of Delight published in 1916, American author Lily Hardy Hammond wrote “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” Her words memorialized the concept we often associate with random acts of kindness, the type of action that can cause a positive ripple effect to restore faith in the world and in humankind. As some of you know, EALgreen was founded on this very principle by Swede Roskam as a way of paying forward the help he had received when he was a young man struggling to go to college.  Given the wherewithal to pay for his education by an Iowa couple he had never met, Swede went on to become a highly successful sales executive, husband, and father. Years later, he and his good friend Dan Mickelson, who also benefitted from a scholarship he received to study Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University, developed…

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The Power of Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year again when we reflect on where we’ve been and what we hope to achieve. This month, of course, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, sharing a meal with friends and family and giving thanks for all of our many blessings.  Fortunately, even in these challenging times, we have much to be thankful for. I was especially aware of that a few weeks ago when EALgreen marked the occasion of our 15,000th scholarship with a celebration at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. It was a warm and wonderful ceremony that honored our donor partners, involved several of our college partners, revealed the human side of our organization’s history and allowed Abril, Josh, and Maite, three current EALgreen scholars, to share their own stories. As many of you know, our organization was the brainchild of a unique man – Verlyn “Swede” Roskam. Swede felt very strongly that every student who wanted…

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We’re Changing Our Name to Reflect Our Mission, Our Vision and Our Future

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“In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.” – Hubert H. Humphrey This month is one of biggest changes for our organization, starting with changing both our brand and our name! EAL Ltd. will now be known as EALgreen. To tell you the truth, we think this change is long overdue. EAL was founded in 1982 with the primary mission of helping college students with limited funds pay for their tuition and other expenses. EAL’s founder, Swede Roskam, was a salesman who noticed that many of his corporate clients had excess inventory and other material they needed to discard. Often this material was still useable and, he reasoned, could be useful to educational institutions struggling to maintain their facilities as cost-efficiently as possible….

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Can You Change the World?

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”                        – Nelson Mandela In 1982, Verlyn “Swede” Roskam and his friend Dan Mickelson came up with a plan to change the world. And they did. For that was the year they founded Educational Assistance, Ltd. or EAL. At the time, Swede was working incorporate sales for the Oil-Dri Corp. of America, active in his community and helping his loving wife, Martha, raise five children. But Swede also had a dream he was determined to turn into reality to repay a debt incurred early in his life. When Swede was a student at Wentworth Military Academy, he found himself on the verge of dropping out of school due to lack of funds. Hearing about his plight, a couple who had lost their son in World War II, gave him enough money to cover his tuition, room,…

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