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Welcome from the Foundation Chair

NEO A&M was established in 1919. For 100 years students have become educated, formed lasting friendships, and made beautiful memories at NEO. In February of 2019, we kicked off the celebration of our 100th birthday with a series of festivities throughout the year.

Today, NEO is a vibrant campus of approximately 2,000 students majoring in degrees of Agriculture, Nursing, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Athletics, Sciences, and more.

Student dorms house greater than 700 students on the NEO campus. These students not only attend classes, the campus is their home. I was once told the “E” in education stands for ENDURANCE. However, I feel the “E” in education also stands for EXPERIENCE. Our students have the opportunity through scholarships awarded by the NEO Foundation to make the experience with us the most rewarding of their educational journey.

Our annual gala is an opportunity to raise funds for scholarships awarded to our students.

To celebrate NEO’s 100th birthday the foundation set a never reached goal of raising $100,000 for scholarships. In the beautiful setting of the Calcagno Ballroom the loyal supporters of NEO raised $103,000 for future student scholarships. We thank everyone who gave to our most important cause.

NEO, along with most other schools of higher education, has absorbed cut after cut from state funding. We have been blessed in 2019 with endowments and gifts from individuals totaling $655,663. We also sold a property in our possession for an additional $375,000.

The foundation works hard to make it possible to keep NEO at the top of the top in a two year college environment. The foundation’s work is evolving as we look to the next 100 years. We are proud to work closely with the 9 area tribes of Native Americans that also call NEO their home and look forward to expanding our relations with community leaders and individuals.

Row, Norse, Row

David Thomas
NEO Development Foundation

Welcome from the Director

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It is an honor to serve as Executive Director of the NEO Development Foundation. As a native of Miami and NEO alumna, I am proud to be a third generation of NEO graduates, so my roots as a Norseman run deep.

From academics to athletics, the NEO Foundation has worked to support student scholarships, faculty development, building projects, and campus initiatives. Founded in 1983, the NEO Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million dollars in scholarship funding to deserving NEO students. For many of these students, realizing the dream of a college education would not be possible without support from the NEO Foundation.

Led by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees, the NEO Foundation has experienced dramatic growth the past few years. By focusing investments on long-term growth while balancing the wishes of our donors with the needs of the college, the Foundation has nearly $8 million in assets.

We remain grateful to our alumni and friends for the tremendous support of the NEO Foundation. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of NEO A&M College, thank you for your generosity. Together we will continue to carry on the tradition that makes each of us proud to call ourselves Norsemen.

Once a Norseman, Always a Norseman,


Jennifer Walker
Executive Director
NEO Development Foundation