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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

Leslie Lang

'05 Scholars Team Up 4 Health

Upon returning to the Bay Area after spending six years on the East Coast, one of the first items on my to-do list was to get in touch with the UC Berkeley Students who were running the Social Welfare Language Program I had started with my Strauss Scholarship back in 2005.

Strauss News

Proposals Due Soon

Check your school's deadline for submission in the Applicant Information section. The Strauss Foundation will announce the  2015 Scholars the week of April 13. 





Josh Nesbit ('08 Scholar, Stanford, pictured left) and his organization, MedicMobile, were awarded a $1.2 Million grant from the Skoll Foundation The Skoll Award recognizes organizations that have the potential to scale their success and also to drive large-scale systems change... Ginny Tal ('97 Scholar, UCLA) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing Mental Health bilingual services at the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles. She participated in a first of its kind exhibition called "Mirrors of the Mind: the Psychotherapist as Artist". Her sculpture, poem and an installation explored and celebrated the intersection of psychology, art and creativity... Matt Tompkins ('00 Scholar, Occidental) left his job with the FBI and joined the U.S. Foreign Service. After a year of training in Virginia, his first tour will be in Guatemala... Ben Moore ('09 Scholar, UCLA) works for the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. He spent 4 months last fall near the Turkey-Syria border, working with Syrian opposition activists from internal local councils and civil society groups to guide and inform assistance... Emily Rasmussen ('06 Scholar, Occidental) earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and was offered a one-year HBS Leadership Fellowship to be the Special Assistant to the President of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York... Cindy Lin ('01 Scholar, Stanford) is in Singapore for a year, working as a Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine Physician. She reports that the California Medical Association still uses the health education program she created for their antibiotic resistance awareness campaign, supported by the Strauss Foundation... Todd  Gloria ('99 Scholar, USD, pictured right) is the Interim  Mayor in the City of San Diego. In 2013, he was  one of 24 individuals chosen for the Rodel Fellowship Program in Public Leadership. recognizing him as one of the nation's most promising leaders in American Government... Emma Shaw Crane ('08 Scholar, UCB) just finished a Fellowship at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UCB. She and her mentor and colleague, Anaya Roy, have a book forthcoming from the University of Georgia press. Emma will be going to graduate school this fall...


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