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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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