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The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation makes annual awards of $15,000 to no fewer than 10 and no more than 15 California college sophomores or juniors from 14 pre-selected institutions. Recipients tend to have extensive records of community and public service.

The Foundation promotes the value of public service in the education and preparation of our future leaders by financing innovative student-generated projects.  A central part of the application package is a proposal for a project to be carried out between the end of the sophomore or junior year, and the spring of the following year; these proposals shall become a major focus of the selection process. Please see Projects We Have Funded

In response to the rising costs in education, up to $7000 of this award is now designated as a Scholarship to be applied to the student’s educational support. $8000 is designated as a project grant to fund the student’s service project expenses. Students may choose to add to their service project funds from the Scholarship funds. For example, a student may request $1000 less in Scholarship funds and have that $1000 added to their project. This year, the foundation increased the award to $15,000--it previously had been $10,000, which is why some interviewees in video clips on this website refer to the $10,000 figure.

Students do not apply directly to the Strauss Foundation. Campus Representatives at each of the 14 preselected four-year California colleges or universities may submit up to three applications.  


Find your campus representative and deadlines below:

THE $15,000 AWARD

Pre-Selected Schools
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