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Former Scholar Reflection


The Project Itself

  • Projects focused clearly on social change/public service/social entrepreneurship.

    • It is not the intention of the Foundation to fund internship requirements, research without parallel service, development of a website without parallel service, or creation of a publication without parallel service.  

  • A demonstrated connection between the project and the applicant’s passion, life experience.

  • Projects that are innovative and timely; an idea, angle or approach that has not been pursued widely and /or that addresses important current issues.

    • If the project is an expansion of an existing program, there must be a clear demonstration of new features or major additional outreach or impact.

  • Projects which engage other students or local participants in public service. We like to see a “multiplier effect”.

    • Tutoring/school based projects need to be clonable- multiple classes or ideally, multiple schools. (See Environmental Education for the Next Generation in Sample Proposals)

  • Sustainability and Continuity 

    • Projects sustained over the school year, rather than one or two-day events or projects carried out only in the summer.

    • Plans for future leadership and a timeline for implementation afterwards.

Planning for the Project

  • Include (1) a budget (2) a realistic timeline (3) how success or impact will be measured and (4) strategies for actual implementation (such as how to find and mobilize volunteers, acquire necessary resources such as a permit or space for workshops, etc., as applicable).


  • If the project is to be done with a parent/partner institution, proof of an established relationship with that organization’s leadership, and its support for the project (and where the project will be housed) should be included with the proposal. 

    • Ideally, this is verified through a Letter of Support from the parent/partner institution. (See Sample)


  • A timeline that indicates when the project starts, what occurs during the school year, and closure or evaluation by April, in time for the Strauss Scholar Presentations.







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