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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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