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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 an internship awarded annually each spring to a student 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 several 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 Yepsen'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 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 an annually awarded scholarship to a student actively involved with the Institute. Preference is given to students who are a member of the Institute's Student Ambassador Program, African-American, and students who are 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 Illinois. 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.

Restoring American Statesmanship Fund – Supports programming and resources for the Institute's Restoring American Statesmanship initiative.

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