Strauss Scholarship

Campus Deadline: Noon, February 10, 2022

The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship provides a $15,000 award, consisting of a $7,000 scholarship and an $8,000 project grant. Applicants must be sophomores and juniors who will pursue a self-initiated public service project during the year after winning the award. The project may be a new undertaking or an extension of an existing project.

The Strauss Foundation annually awards between 10–15 awards to students from fourteen eligible California institutions. Each participating institution (including UC Berkeley) can nominate three students for the award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior
  • GPA in the upper third of class
  • Outstanding leadership potential
  • Passion for public service and making a difference

Selection Criteria

The public service project proposal is a major focus of the selection process. The project must be realistic in scope, and the foundation prefers projects that are designed to continue after initial implementation. Selectors look for candidates who are passionate about their project and who have a demonstrated interest in public service, outstanding leadership potential, effective communication skills, and who "wish to make a difference" in local, regional, or national communities.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed nomination summary form
  • One-page Resume that includes current and past public service
  • One-page Personal Essay
  • A Project Proposal - limited to 4 pages, including budget and timeline
  • 2-3 Recommendation letters
  • Transcript
  • Signed Acceptance Agreement

​The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the university's nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships offers advising on developing a public service project proposal. For more information, contact Alicia Hayes.

More information about this opportunity can be found here: Strauss Foundation website.