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Responsibilities of Scholars


Applicants from our 9 New Schools will apply directly to the Strauss Foundation at The deadline for applications is February 14, 2024. Awards are announced by mid- April. $13,000 of the funds will be available June 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:

  • San Diego State University

  • San Jose State University

  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

  • Cal State University Chico

  • Cal State University Fullerton

  • University of San Francisco

  • Santa Clara University

  • University of San Diego

  • University of Southern California

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

Deadline to submit complete application:  February 14, 2024.

Applicants and Letter Writers email applications and Letters

of Recommendation to

From the Applicant​

  1. Application Summary

  2. One-Page Resume

  3. One-Page Personal Essay

  4. A Project Proposal - Limited to 4 pages, including Budget & Timeline, typed with 1.2 spacing.

  5. Transcripts from all colleges attended; copies are acceptable.

  6. A Signed Copy of the Acceptance Agreement

From Letter Writers
  1. 2 Letters of Recommendation - emailed directly with Name and School of Applicant in Subject Line.

  2. Letter of Support - only if working with a partner organization.

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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