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Donald Strauss Scholarship

Award: $15,000 for public service project & tuition, fees, books, room & board.

Number of awards: 10-15, up to 3 nominees from each university

UC San Diego deadline to be considered for nomination: typically mid-February (next deadline: February 21, 2024)

Agency deadline for the Dean to submit campus nominations: typically early March (next deadline: March 6, 2024)


  • Apply as a sophomore or junior (have at least 1 year of college after this academic year)
  • Full time undergraduate
  • GPA in the upper 1/3 of your class
  • Future career, or volunteer, in public service

Application Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Optional: if working with a partner organization, will also need to submit a letter of support from that organization
  • Public service project proposal, up to 4 pages including budget and timeline
  • Personal essay
  • One-page Resume - With current and past public service
  • Transcript

Other general resources

Students pursuing public service projects often ask about other resources they can look into that may be able to support public service projects. Here are some places to start:

Apply to Donald Strauss Scholarship

The Donald Strauss Scholarship requires a nomination from the UC San Diego Campus Representative. It is recommended that applicants review the requirements and meet with the institutional advisor before applying. Please contact URH staff member, Dr. Sophia Tsai Neri, for an initial consult before meeting with the campus representative (see contact info below).

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Audrey Bogosian

Audrey won the Strauss Scholarship, a scholarship that provides support to students to pursue a service-learning project, in 2021. Click below to learn more about her project and time in Armenia!

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Contact Information

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Contact: Sophia Tsai Neri, PhD


Phone: 858-534-9014

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