Friday, November 13, 2015

Interested in a Gap Year Engaged in Public Service Abroad or in the US? Apply for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Recently, three past award recipients have won an unsolicited, prestigious McArthur “genius” grant; been named U. S. Surgeon General; and been recognized as a Forbes “30 Under 30” entrepreneur.

Proposals Requested
Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Project summaries of prior award winners and FAQs are posted at:

Along with the application, please submit:
1. A brief abstract of the proposal (no more than 100 words)

2. Proposal in 1,000 words or less, including:
   a. Brief statement of need for the project (no more than a few sentences)
   b. Specific measurable target objectives
   c. Schedule for project tasks
   d. Sustainability of the project

3. Budget (your application will be viewed more favorably if a significant portion of the funds is devoted to your project; award monies not to be used for student loan repayment).

4. Three letters of recommendation (each one-page only)

5. Transcript (official)

6. Résumé

Eligibility All graduating students from accredited U.S. colleges are invited to apply by January 19, 2016. 

Click here for more details.

2015 Award WinnersYasmine Arrington created a nonprofit entitled ScholarCHIPS (Scholarships for Children of Incarcerated Parents) to provide mentoring and financial help to high school graduates who wish to pursue a college degree. The students she aims to help have a parent or parents in prison and are position of financial hardship and bear the burden of prejudice associated with the parent's incarceration. 

Shadrack Frimpong will establish and build a tuition-free Model School for Girls in Tarkwa Bremen, Ghana, where none currently exists. Using an innovative approach to female education and rural empowerment, the school will be sustained through the sale of farm products (cocoa and palm). A classroom, community library, and bio-latrine will be part of the project. Vocational skills, as well as traditional skills, will be included. 

Kathyrn Amelia Watts will develop and implement a program for Ashraya Initiative for Children in Pune, India, focused on providing greater economic opportunity for the most disadvantaged families (Wagh
ri and Sikhligar castes) through practical education and skills training.