The goal for our scholarship program is to help support the continuing education of a student or students whose professional goal is in the field of public service.
We define public service as employment in government, the uniform services, national emergency and disaster response, public interest in non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.
Dillon Cooke, 2021 Winner,
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We plan to award four $5,000 scholarships in 2023 to qualified college graduates who have accepted admission to, or are currently enrolled in, a graduate program at the School of International Service at American University, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs that emphasizes preparing graduate students for a career in public service. The Award is intended to be used for tuition for the 2023-2024 school year, which starts in Fall 2023. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The award will be based on academic achievement as well as an essay of 500-1000 words that describes a social problem the applicant considers important and offers ideas on steps that might be taken to meet that problem. The award money from the Straus Historical Society will be sent directly to the graduate school of the scholarship recipient's choice. Applicants may be contacted for additional information.
The Scholarship Program is administered through a Straus Historical Society committee that includes a minimum of three board members. The essays will be judged by an Award Committee of outside educators with no family relationship to the Strauses or to SHS board members. The funds for the Scholarship Program will come from contributions from our annual fundraising program.
The application period begins on November 1, 2022 and is due anytime before January 31, 2023. Applications will be evaluated by the Award Committee during February and March, and the Award will be announced in April 2023.