Mission Statement

Encouraging young leaders from 15 pre-selected California Colleges and Universities to undertake a high-impact project in public service or social change in their junior or senior year.

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Strauss Scholar Spotlight

Amanda Cundiff

Inspiration in a Rainforest

The Strauss scholarship has legs. That's a quality deeply sought and remarkably demonstrated in our first ten years.

A classic example is Amanda Cundiff, who won her Strauss scholarship in 1999 and credits it today as a major catalyst and core element in a life focused on environmental science and management, currently in the U.S. Forest Service.

Strauss News

2018 Strauss Scholarship

The Strauss Award will allow a Scholarship to the student of up to $7000, as well as an $8000 grant to finance a project. The student can decide to take the entire $7000 for Scholarship, or shift some of it to the project budget. Details coming soon! 







Todd Gloria ('99 Scholar, USD, pictured on left) won his race for Assembly in the 78th District San Diego...Sarah Averbach ('01 Scholar, UCSD) is Associate Physician of Reproductive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine...Ankur Luthra ('02 Scholar UCB) is Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Finchwood Capital LP in San Francisco. He sits on the Board of two non-profits, including the one he started as a Strauss Scholar ...Ivy Nguyen ('10 Scholar Stanford)  seeds early stage ventures at NewGen Capital...Aram Nadjarian ('05 Scholar, LMU) is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mozaic, a full service Communications and PR firm...Justin Wiley ('07 Scholar UCSC) is VP for Business Development at Social Bicycles, starting Bike Share programs in cities all over the world...Zuhairah Scott Washington  ('98 Scholar UCLA) is Manager for Uber DC...Kimberly Martin Clark  ('05 Scholar UCR, pictured right) is an Urban Planner for the Southern California Association of Governments.....Aurora Winslade  ('03 Scholar  UCSC) was a pioneer in the field of sustainability at UCSC and the University of Hawaii. She is now the Director for Sustainability at Swarthmore College...Tim Galarneau ('04 Scholar UCSC) researches Food Systems at UCSC and heads up the UC Global Food Initiative...Yuriana Aguilar ('10 Scholar UCM) was the first undocumented immigrant to receive a PhD from UC Merced. She accompanied Senator Kamala Harris to President Trump's address to the Joint Session of Congress February 28th, as an example of the benefits of the DACA program. She is a postdoctoral fellow in Chicago .....

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