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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Endowment – the Institute’s main source of revenue for operational and programmatic needs.

Friends of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Fund designated for use by the Institute director to assist with expenses for operations, programs, and special initiatives.  

Alexander Lane Internship Endowment – supports a scholarship to be awarded each year to at least one student each spring to work with a member of the Illinois General Assembly, providing the student with challenging and rewarding assignments.

Barbara Brown Memorial Endowment – this fund was established by the family and many other donors to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Barbara L. Brown, Ph.D., who taught at SIU Carbondale for more than 30 years. Proceeds of the fund will be used to continue the service and teaching of her legacy to SIU students and promote the principle that public higher education shares a responsibility to encourage public service and serve the public good.

Bill and Molly Norwood Fellowship – a lecture series honoring Bill and Molly Norwood to bring speakers to campus to address public policy and diversity.

David Yepsen Director's Award Endowment – this award formalizes one of the first initiatives Yepsen enacted during his tenure. Donations to the Director's Award both help our students and commemorate David’s contribution to Paul Simon’s living legacy.

Edwin Phillips Debate Team Scholarship – a scholarship has been established to honor students on SIU Carbondale’s championship debate team and his memory. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a debate team member who is an SIU student in good standing. There is a preference given to those with an interest in a career in public service, public policy, politics, or related fields.

Gene Callahan Governmental Internship Endowment - provides students an internship opportunity in Springfield, Illinois to gain experience working with members of the state legislature, statewide offices, or state executive agencies. 

Gil and Jean Kroening Fellowship Endowment – a lecture series honoring Gil and Jean Kroening to bring speakers on topics such as U.S. and world agriculture, food, and environmental issues. 

Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial Scholarship Endowment – this scholarship honors Jeanne's life and legacy, and assists young women dedicated to public service. 

Jeanne Hurley Simon Fellowship – established in memory of Paul Simon’s first wife, the lecture series features a woman of distinction in the areas of politics, government, and the law.

John Hayward Fellowship – a lecture series honoring Jack and Muriel Hayward’s commitment to the Carbondale community by hosting speakers on topics related to politics and religion or politics and the arts. 

John White Fellowship – a lecture series honoring a retired Chicago-area businessman and former head of the Better Government Association to host speakers on issues related to state and municipal government.

Latino Heritage Legislative Internship Fund - provides students the opportunity for a paid internship working with a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus in Springfield, Illinois.

Mike Lawrence Scholarship Endowment – supports a scholarship to be awarded each year to a student who is involved with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute with a preference that the recipient is a member of the Student Ambassador Program, an African-American, and highly involved in the SIU Carbondale community.

Poshard Endowment for Renewing Illinois Summit - supports the Institute's annual summit convening college and university students from across the state. The summit provides opportunities for participants to have a voice on critical state topics and a platform to make a creative change. 

Ralph A. Dunn Fellowship – a lecture series honoring a former Republican state legislator from southern Illinois to host a speaker involved in state government.

Youth Government Day Endowment – supports the Institute’s annual high school leadership development program for students to visit the state capitol and hear from professionals in public policy, government and politics, and related fields as a way to encourage young people to consider careers in these fields.