During my seven month stay in Khandbari I realized with certainty that I wanted to become a physician. I was struck by the injustice of living in a community so underserved that people died every day of curable diseases.  Many of the women who visited our clinic had never seen a medical doctor. The support of the Strauss Foundation enabled me to experience how challenging, fulfilling and fun it is to provide care for the underserved.

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. The Foundation will award scholarships to full-time students at our pre-selected four-year California colleges or universities who have
    • demonstrated an interest in public service.
    • outstanding leadership potential.
    • developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills.
    • the desire to "make a difference” in local, regional,  national or international communities.
    • one or two years remaining until graduation.
    • a GPA in the upper 1/3 of his or her class.
    • submitted an innovative, original, public service proposal.

    The Strauss Foundation will award no fewer than ten and no more than fifteen $10,000 scholarships each year; these will be used to pay expenses of the public service project and for some tuition, fees, books, room and board.
  2. The Foundation invites the President, Chancellor, or their designee, of each eligible four-year California institution, to submit as many as three strong, well-designed project proposals. No fewer than ten and no more than fifteen scholarship recipients will be chosen each year from among the following institutions:
    • California Institute of Technology
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • Occidental College
    • Pomona College
    • Scripps College
    • Stanford University
    • U C Berkeley
    • U C Davis
    • U C Irvine
    • U C Merced
    • U C Riverside
    • U C San Diego
    • U C Santa Barbara
    • U C Santa Cruz
    • UC Los Angeles
    • University of San Diego


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