vision & Mission

The Vision of the 1 for 2 Education Foundation is to create an engaged community of scholars who empower each other to achieve their aspirations.

Our Mission:   We invest in Scholars who are inspired by our vision and committed to ‘Paying It Forward’, while fostering community among these Scholars via mentorship and events.

About us

The 1 for 2 Education Foundation is seeking highly motivated students planning to attend accredited U.S. four year colleges and universities to apply for its tuition scholarships. The Foundation’s unique scholarship program employs a “pay it forward” model that encourages scholars to take responsibility for their education. Persons awarded a grant by the Foundation commit themselves to “pay it forward” by agreeing to support the education of their fellow scholars.

Just like this growth model, we hope scholars help future scholars in the foundation.

For the 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, the Foundation granted a diverse group of students up to $20,000 annually to each scholar to attend both public and private colleges and universities across the United States. Students awarded scholarships came from both public and private high schools across the United States.

For the 2024 – 2025 academic year, the Foundation intends to award up to two merit-based scholarships. The size of each grant is determined on the basis of tuition remaining after consideration of all other forms of tuition assistance obtained by the scholars.

THE 1 for 2 PLEDGE

Scholarship recipients are required to adhere the following pledge:

In consideration of the 1 for 2 Education Foundation (“the Foundation”) making this scholarship grant I pledge to support the mission of the Foundation by:

a) participating in the annual Foundation Gathering while receiving my scholarship,

b) supporting my fellow scholars’ academic and career goals during my lifetime, and

c) paying for a comparable scholarship grant for two persons, who are not related to me by blood, adoption, or marriage, during my lifetime


Requirements to Apply

> GPA must be at least 3.7 unweighted, 4.0 weighted

> An up-to-date official transcript from student’s current school

> Agree to 1 for 2 Education Foundation Pledge

> Completed Application

> Applicant must be living in the United States but is not required to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

> The applicant’s chosen college or university must be located in the United States

> If selected for an interview, two letters of recommendation

> If selected for an award, you must attend the annual gathering while receiving your award

We, The scholars

Contact Us

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran was the president of Kalamazoo College, for eleven years before retiring in 2016. She previously served as vice president and dean of the college at Salem College (North Carolina) and held teaching and high-level administrative positions at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. During her tenure at Kalamazoo, she led the most successful fundraising campaign in the college’s history to support scholarships, endowed professorships, capital projects, and the creation of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Under her leadership, the institution heightened trustee and alumni engagement, completed new construction and campus renovations, revised the curriculum, and made considerable strides toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive campus. Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work in higher education, diversity, and inclusion, including two honorary doctorates, the Gender Equity Architect Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Star Award from the Posse Foundation, and an American Council of Education Fellowship.

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Diane Creager

The One for Two Foundation is one of my passions.  I am honored to be part of this organization. I thoroughly enjoy mentoring, interacting and learning alongside my fellow directors and scholars.  As a former special education teacher and middle school counselor, it is important to me to continue this lifelong connection in the field of education. One of my greatest pleasures is traveling the world.  I am fortunate that we have lived in many places and made friends all over the country and world.  Currently, we live in Southern California.

My other passions include golfing, reading, biking and taking long walks or hikes.  Recently, I became a docent at a historical and cultural museum called the Bowers Museum located in Santa Ana, CA.  The Pancreatic Action Network organization is also very important to me since I am a fourteen-year survivor of multiple cancers.  I have been married for 44 years. I love spending time with my family and three grandchildren.


Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston, BA, MSW, LICSW, has practiced as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, specializing in the treatment of stress disorders, psychological trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. She provides stress/traumatic stress consultation and intervention services to hospitals, emergency service departments (police, fire and EMS) and nonprofit organizations. For seven years, she was the Clinical Director of the Metro Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and, in that capacity, coordinated interventions for the first responders to the 35W bridge collapse.  She is a national trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.  Sue also has special expertise in cross-cultural mental health: She has provided training and consultation for refugee resettlement agencies and refugee community-based organizations in the Twin Cities and served a mission with Doctors Without Borders in Myanmar (Burma).

John T. O’Shea

John T. O’Shea

John T. O’Shea serves as a Director of Wealth Planning Strategies for TIAA, where he provides wealth transfer, estate and tax planning services for clients with the most complex needs.  His estate and tax planning knowledge allow him to provide specialized advice and sophisticated planning strategies to high net worth families on every aspect of their financial lives.  John has more than 25 years’ experience in estate and tax planning.

John is located in St. Louis, and works primarily with clients in the West and Midwest.

Prior to joining TIAA in 2004, John practiced law as a Principal in the law firm of Suelthaus & Walsh, P.C. in St. Louis.  During his 12 years in private practice, he focused on tax planning strategies, sophisticated estate planning, real estate, and corporate matters.  He has experience with wills and trusts containing complicated tax and dispositive provisions, family limited partnerships, irrevocable life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable trusts, and other planning devices.

John is active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Missouri Bar, Illinois Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis.

John is a frequent author for TIAA publications and digital content. His writing provides TIAA participants with plain-English explanations and examples of recent tax and/or law changes, as well as with more specific financial planning strategies to consider as a result of those changes.

John is also a frequent lecturer for TIAA.  He speaks to staff and faculty at various universities, medical centers, and charitable organizations on a wide array of subject matter, including but not limited to executive compensation, estate planning for individuals with significant retirement plan accumulations, fiduciary duties of nonprofit officers and directors, and tax-wise strategies to consider when gifting to charity.

John is married to Cheryl, a nurse for SLUCARE’s cardiology unit, and they have three children ages (16), (16), and (14).


Bill Stoeri

Bill Stoeri

Bill currently is the Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm with offices across the world.  Before assuming leadership of the firm, Bill practiced law for over 35 years as a trial lawyer with special expertise in health litigation.  Bill received his law degree from the Yale Law School, and his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy from Kalamazoo College.  He also did one year of graduate study at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany.  His interest in history led him to serve on the board of the Minnesota Historical Society, which he chaired for six years.  He also serves on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees.

Richard S. Creager

Richard S. Creager is a recognized diagnostics new product development (NPD) and business leader who has a passion for building high-performance global teams and using their expertise to deliver breakthrough products and build successful businesses. Richard has diverse experience developing new products, new technologies and new business models for diagnostic, laboratory services and B2B companies. He has developed new businesses that range from $25 million to more than $1 billion in annual sales. In addition, he managed large innovation teams and business units and has significant experience in developing market strategies, product and technology pipelines, portfolio management, licensing and development partnerships. Using his expertise in organizational design, talent management, product development, program management, and quality & design control systems, Richard works with companies to achieve the dexterity they require to get ahead of their competitors. Dr. Creager is the former chief science officer and executive officer for Beckman Coulter. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology and earned his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.



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Paul Glyer

Paul Glyer

Paul Glyer has a long and successful history in financial management, strategy, and M&A. Paul was an important member of the executive leadership team of a public company, helping drive growth from <$1B to nearly $4B in revenue through strategic M&A activity. While he held a variety of roles throughout his career, his last position was leading the Investor Relations, Business Development, and Corporate Strategy functions. He has advised numerous clients and achieved an excellent reputation as a cogent business advisor.