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Responsibilities of Scholars


Applicants from our 8 New Schools will apply directly to the Strauss Foundation at The deadline for applications is January 24, 2023. 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 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 or University of Southern California?

Have you completed at least one year of college and will not graduate before  June 2024 ?

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:  January 24, 2023.

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. A 5th page may be used to describe a "Plan B" .

  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 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.

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