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These instructions are for the 14 Original Participating Campuses.

Do not apply directly to the Strauss Foundation. Each pre-selected school has its own deadline for applications in January or February. The Selection Committee from your campus will submit  up to three applications in early March; awards are announced by mid- April. $13,000 of the funds will be available May 1st. 

The final $2,000 will be given at the April Presentations.


Here is the pdf of the Bulletin of Information

Am I Eligible?

Are you a full-time undergraduate student at one of the following:

  • Loyola Marymount University

  • Occidental College

  • Pomona College

  • Scripps College

  • Stanford University

  • UC Berkeley

  • UC Davis

  • UC Irvine

  • UCLA

  • UC Merced

  • UC Riverside

  • UC San Diego

  • UC Santa Barbara

  • UC Santa Cruz

Have you completed at least one year of college and will not graduate before June 2025 ?

Have a GPA in the upper 1/3 of your class?

Have the desire to “make a difference” in local, regional, national or international communities?

Application Process

Check Internal Deadline (January or February) and contact Campus Representative

Complete Application Summary and submit, along with:​​​


  • One-page Resume - With current and past public service


  • One-page Personal Essay 


  • A Project Proposal - Limited to 4 pages, including Budget and Timeline, using, at least 1.2 spacing.

  • 2 Recommendations - If working with a partner organization, also submit their Letter of Support .

  • Transcript -  A photocopy is okay.


Selection Criteria

Demonstrated interest in public service.

Outstanding leadership potential.

Submitted an innovative public service project proposal.

Responsibilities of Scholars

Maintain satisfactory academic performance (upper 1/3 class).

Carry out the public service project, emailing short,

bi-monthly updates, and a 2-page final assessment in April.


Attend a mandatory meeting of all Strauss Award recipients at UC Irvine in April and make a short presentation.


Serve as a Strauss Ambassador at your school, reaching out to encourage others to apply.

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