Demonstrated interest in public service.

Outstanding leadership potential.

Submitted an innovative public service project proposal.

Responsibilities of Scholars


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?

Attend 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?

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 


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


  • Transcript - A photocopy is okay.


Selection Criteria

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.