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Everett McKinley Dirksen Endowment Fund


Last Updated: 2016-01-31

At A Glance

Everett McKinley Dirksen Endowment Fund

2815 Broadway

Pekin, IL United States 61554-2678

Telephone: (309) 347-7113


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-09-30)

Assets: $7,975,737

Total giving: $47,095






Established in 1963 in IL

Purpose and Activities

The fund helps the community better understand Congress and its leaders by sponsoring awards, research grants and educational programs.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Congressional Research Awards

The program is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. The awards program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Proposals should concentrate on leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The research for which assistance is sought must be original, culminating in new findings or new interpretation, or both. The awards program was developed to support work intended for publication in some form or for application in a teaching or policy-making setting. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500.

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to study American government at one of the specified IL universities. Grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.

Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government

Awarded through the Dirksen Center, these scholarships promote the study of politics and governance as practiced by the distinguished public servants who have represented Illinois's 18th district in Congress, and provides financial support for tuition, fee, and books to Bradley University juniors who are majoring in a discipline related to the fund's purpose and interest or in a subject related to the study of the federal government. Eligible applicants must: be juniors in good standing who will enter their senior year of study in a field related to the study of the U.S. government (e.g. political science, public administration, American studies, and U.S. history); attend Bradley University; and have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.75 in their major.

Robert H. Michel Special Projects Grants

These grants (which generally range from $2,500 to $5,000) are intended to fund work that advances the public understanding of the federal legislature through research and teaching. Examples of eligible projects include conferences that bring together congressional scholars, the collection or publication of resources useful for research, efforts by teachers to develop creative ways to teach about Congress, and publications, especially those with appeal beyond academia.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Religion

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-09-30

Assets: $7,975,737 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,050

Expenditures: $491,655

Total giving: $47,095

Qualifying distributions: $419,289

Giving activities include:

$47,095 for 14 grants (high: $7,000; low: $1,600)