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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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