MISSION STATEMENT

Encouraging young leaders from 14 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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The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation

5001 Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949.955.1930  

Email: admin@straussfoundation.org

 

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APPLY

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 $2000 will be given at the April Presentations.

Am I Eligible?

Are you a full-time student at one of our pre-selected four-year California colleges or universities

Have one or two years remaining until graduation?

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?

Selection Criteria

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.

 

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 Regional Meeting in November, in either Northern or Southern California.

 

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.

Demonstrated interest in public service.

Outstanding leadership potential.

Submitted an innovative public service project proposal.

Responsibilities of Scholars