In 2012 Eden graduated from Hope College with a degree in studio art. Her first jobs included working as a loan specialist for Wells Fargo & Company and as a program advisor for Capella University. Eden shifted her career and earned her master’s of fine arts from University of Texas at San Antonio, where she eventually worked as an adjunct faculty member in the art department. She then became an assistant professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University where she continues to work. Outside of teaching, Eden has held numerous roles in Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. She first served as the volunteer development program chair, where she focused on developing programming to equip alumni volunteers to better support active student members with their chapter operations. Currently, she is the advisor to the Nu Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Stephen F. Austin State University; a Generation Jacks (GenJacks) success coach for incoming first-generation college students; and an advisor to the art alliance student organization on campus. As Eden reflects on her time at Hope she said, “It was evident that Hope not only cared about its students, but it cared about all its people.” Through her creativity and openness as an advisor, Eden exemplifies a wise and motivating leader.
Hope College is proud to honor Eden Collins ’12 with the 2022 10 Under 10 Award. The 10 Under 10 Award honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaging in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and using their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity. Award recipients also communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, these awards are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today.