Encouraging young leaders from 15 pre-selected California Colleges and Universities to undertake a high-impact project in public service or social change in their junior or senior year.
Upon returning to the Bay Area after spending six years on the East Coast, one of the first items on my to-do list was to get in touch with the UC Berkeley Students who were running the Social Welfare Language Program I had started with my Strauss Scholarship back in 2005.
Joseph N. Bell, a Trustee on the Board of the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation from 2004-2009, died on Thanksgiving Day. He was 92. (It may be notable that he died on Thanksgiving, at least in that he was born on the 4th of July.)
I have a history with Joe Bell that stretches back nearly 50 years, with my life intersecting his at various points over those five decades. For much of that time, he was one of my Dad's closest friends.
Andrew Whitman ('11 Scholar, UCSC, pictured left) has been busy with his Demeter Seed Library. He helped organize the Bioneers Conference last October, and the National Seed Librarians Conference at UCSC in February. The latter was held in conjuction with the 6th annual Strengthening the Roots "justice summit" organized by Tim Galarneau ('04 Scholar, UCSC)... Josh Franco ('06 Scholar, UCM) is a graduate student at UC Merced in Political Science, and is running for Mayor of Merced. His competition is the incumbent Mayor and a City Councilman... Ari Tanenbaum ('07 Scholar, UCSC, pictured below) founded Revolution Landscapes in San Diego four years ago, specializing in the installation and ongoing maintenance of edible and ecofriendly landscapes. He credits his Strauss project, Renaissance Gardening for Health, for determining the direction he chose to take...Areo Saffarzadeh ('06 Scholar, UCSB) reports that his afterschool music and homework tutoring program in Santa Barbara has received three grants totaling $14,000. In addition to purchasing new instruments and strengthening the program, the support will allow the club to launch new chapters. Areo is now a third year medical student at UCI... Jacqueline Chattopadhyay ('04 Scholar, UCI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Pubic Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte...