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Donald A. Strauss Scholarship

Strauss Scholarship Overview

The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation was created as a memorial to the late Don Strauss, who demonstrated a strong, lifelong commitment to public service and education. The Foundation annually awards $15,000 to no fewer than 14 California college sophomores or juniors who have reflected a similar commitment.

Open to:


External or Stanford Award:

Administered by Stanford

Sponsored by:

Strauss Foundation

Haas Center for Public Service


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The Foundation will award scholarships to full-time students at our pre-selected four-year California colleges or universities who have:

  • have demonstrated an interest in public service
  • outstanding leadership potential
  • developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills
  • the desire to “make a difference” in local, regional,  national or international communities
  • one or two years remaining until graduation
  • a GPA in the upper 1/3 of their class
  • submitted an innovative, original, public service project proposal
  • Campus orientation requirements: contact Eden Mekonen




Email the following materials in the order listed to Eden Mekonen by the campus deadline, 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 27, 2019:

Selection Process

A committee of Stanford staff and faculty will review applications and select Strauss campus nominees. Applications are reviewed by a campus screening committee to determine which three applicants are nominated by Stanford University and submitted to the Strauss Scholarship Foundation for consideration. The Foundation Trustees make the final decision about scholarship recipients near the end of spring quarter.  

More information and sample proposals are available from the Strauss Foundation.


Past Strauss Scholars

Explore the map to see where past Stanford Strauss Scholars have implemented their yearlong public service project.


Previous Strauss Scholars

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your the campus liaison on the application.