Tim Galarneau
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.








Encouraging young leaders from 14 pre-selected California Colleges and Universities to undertake a high-impact project in public service or social change in their junior or senior year.

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