About SUAA Foundation

The SUAA Foundation was established in 1989 with the goal of providing the following services as deemed desirable beneficial, and fundable as determined by the Foundation Board of Directors: 

  1. Support for education and dissemination of information regarding issues affecting the welfare of members of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), hereafter called SUAA.
  2. Emergency assistance to SUAA members who are in need of financial support.
  3. Support to those Chapters establishing Survivor Assistance Programs. 
  4. Support a scholarship and grants program for members of SUAA and their families.

The SUAA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization, recognized by the IRS as a public charity. 

Foundation Emergency Assistance Program

The SUAA Foundation Emergency Assistance Program is designed to help chapters provide support for members who are facing a sudden need for funds to cope with a crisis situation. Chapters may request assistance of up to $1,500 on behalf of individuals who have been SUAA members for 5 years or more.  For more information and a copy of the application, please use the “Emergency Assistance Information Page” link below. 

Survivor Assistance Programs

To help Chapters with their Survivor Assistance Programs, the Foundation has prepared a bookmark-sized handout with instructions for SURS members concerning such issues as (a) the documents that should already be on file with SURS and (b) whom to notify when a SURS member passes away.  Chapter leaders can obtain copies of the bookmark from the State Office.

SUAA Foundation Scholarships - Award Year 2022-2023

Applications will be reviewed beginning on June 15, 2022

The SUAA Foundation offers up to six scholarships of up to $1,000 per scholarship annually.  The scholarships are awarded for use in accredited degree-seeking programs, eligible technical/trade programs, and eligible certificate programs. The applicant must be a SUAA member in good standing or the spouse/partner, child, or grandchild of a SUAA member in good standing. For more information and a copy of the application, please use the “SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants" link below.

Applicants may apply throughout the year, however, preference will be given to those who apply by June 15, 2022. Scholarships can be awarded to the same recipient for subsequent years, provided the recipient completes and submits a new application each year. Priority will be given to first-time submissions.

To be considered for an SUAA Foundation Scholarship, please complete and submit the signed SUAA Membership Certification Form, the SUAA Foundation Scholarship Application, an essay, and 2 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be from people (such as; high school teacher, academic advisor, college faculty member, school administrator, work supervisor) who can discuss your qualifications to achieve your educational or career goals.

(More information in the link below).

Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year have been awarded.

SUAA Foundation Professional Development Grants - Award Year 2022-2023
Grants are still available for the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications will be reviewed beginning on June 15, 2022

Applications are accepted throughout the year and grants are awarded throughout the year until two grants have been awarded. Each grant of up to $1,000 is offered for professional development activities. Professional development activities must be related to improving or enhancing the SUAA member’s ability to perform their current position at their institution. The applicant must be a SUAA member in good standing who is currently employed at an Illinois institution of higher education.

To be considered for an SUAA Foundation Professional Development Grant, please complete and submit the SUAA Foundation Professional Development Grant application, an essay and one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation must be from a person who can discuss how the professional development activity will enhance or improve the applicant’s ability to perform or grow in their current position. (More information in the link below).  Documentation such as proof of registration, copy of conference program, or receipts for travel expenses must be submitted before a disbursement is made.

More SUAA Foundation Information

We continue to work on ways to provide information and assistance to our chapters and members, and we appreciate your continuing support.  Contributions to the Foundation can be made through the link shown below.

SUAA Foundation Address
217 East Monroe Street
Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701

Contribute to Foundation (NOT intended for member dues payments)
Click Here

Foundation Contributors by Month
Click Here

Emergency Assistance Information Page
Click Here

SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants
Click Here

 Foundation Long-Range Planning Committee Report 2.28.21
Click Here

 The SUAA Foundation Executive Committee 

Elliott Dudnik UIC Chair 2021-2023
Alice Medenwald NEIU Vice Chair 2020-2022
Narbeth Emmanuel SIUE Treasurer 2021-2023
Cathy Carruthers  LCC  Secretary 2021-2022
Sally Mullan COD Member-at-Large 2021-2023
H.F. Williamson UIUC Member-at-Large 2021-2023
vacant   Member-at-Large 2021-2023
vacant   Member-at-Large 2020-2022
Jerry Lewis JJC Member-at-Large 2020-2022
Jan Cook ISU Member-at-Large 2021-2022


Remember that all Chapters are able to have representation on the SUAA Foundation Board of Directors. Please contact your local chapter or the SUAA State Office for more details.

SUAA Foundation Survivor's Assistance Bookmark
The SUAA Foundation is offering laminated survivor's assistance bookmarks.  The bookmarks are a wealth of information for you or your loved ones to keep with your important papers for your survivors. Please call 217-523-4040 to order bookmarks and we will mail them to you. There is no cost for the bookmarks.

SUAA Foundation ByLaws
To read the Foundation Bylaws Click Here (6.22.2021)

SUAA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 

November 5, 2019
June 27, 2019
October 30, 2018
June 21, 2018
October 24, 2017
June 20, 2017
November 21, 2016
June 21, 2016 
November 13, 2015
June 16, 2015
October 29, 2014
June 17, 2014 
October 29, 2013
June 18, 2013 
October 10, 2012
June 19, 2012