It would be hard to underestimate the impact of the Strauss on me and the community. It was a once in a lifetime experience to do what I did in Nepal. It was both an affirmation of my abilities, and helped me grow these strengths. I got to do something truly unique because the Strauss Foundation had faith that I could pull off this crazy plan

    Mark Michalski, UCLA, 2003

Creating communications infrastructure in the Schools of the Himalayan Mountains

Responsibilities of Scholarship Recipients

2003 scholar Mark Michalski presents at the spring meeting

2003 Scholar Mark Michalski presents at the spring meeting

  1. Maintain satisfactory academic performance (upper 1/3 of his/her class).
  2. Carry out a public service project; $8,000 of the project funds will be available around May 1st, and projects should be completed by the following April.
  3. Email a bimonthly report on the status of their project to the Foundation Office. Updates will be due September 15, November 1, January 15, and March 1.
  4. Make at least one presentation on the Strauss Scholarship experience and application process to an appropriate group at their school. Ideally, it would be in the fall, so that potential applicants for next
    year have time to create a good project.
    2007 Scholars bond at spring meeting

    2007 Scholars bond at spring meeting

  5. In November, attend either the Foundation’s Northern or Southern California Regional Meeting,
  6. In April, attend a mandatory meeting for all Strauss Scholarship recipients at the University of California, Irvine, to make a presentation about their project: how it went, what was learned, etc. (Expenses for travel will be paid by the Foundation and will include airfare, where appropriate, and/or mileage reimbursement.) This mandatory all-day meeting is a crucial component of the scholarship process.
  7. Email a written assessment of the completed project to the Foundation office two days prior to the mandatory spring meeting in April. This summary should be limited to 2 pages, typed and double-spaced.
  8. Disbursement of the final $2,000 of the $10,000 award will be made upon completion of all seven of the above listed responsibilities.


The Foundation may withhold or terminate a scholarship due to unsatisfactory academic performance. Scholars may request postponement of their awards because of ill health or other mitigating circumstances.


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