Dear Students,
 
I am writing to alert you to the following prestigious scholarship opportunity.
 
2015-16 Donald A. Strauss Scholarship
 
Campus DeadlineJanuary 30, 2015
URL: financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/prestigious/national/strauss.html
 
Program Description: $10,000 scholarships are available to students looking to perform a public service project throughout the course of the 2015-16 academic year.  The Donald A. Strauss Foundation looks to support innovative project proposals that have not been widely pursued previously and will be sustainable in the future.  Projects can be performed either domestically or internationally.  UC Davis is one of 15 universities that may submit up to 3 project proposals with approximately 14 awards being made.
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Eligibility: Applicants must be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year who will not graduate prior to the end of Spring 2016 and is ranked in the top 1/3 of their class.  U.S. citizenship is not required as students from any country can apply and can implement their project in any country.
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Applications and Information:  Completed applications must be submitted to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships Office by January 30, 2015 to be considered for nomination.  A completed application includes the following documents:
 
·         UC Davis Applicant Profile (available through the link above)
·         Transcripts from all colleges attended (these may be unofficial for the UC Davis deadline, but nominees will need to furnish official transcripts by the final deadline)
·         2-3 letters of recommendation (it is advised that one letter be from a sponsoring organization that shows a willingness to be affiliated with your project)
·         Application Summary (available at the Donald A. Strauss Foundation website)
·         1 page resume
·         1 page personal statement
·         4 page project proposal that details the project and provides a budget and timeline for project implementation
·         Signed Acceptance Agreement (available at the Donald A. Strauss Foundation website)
 
The Donald A. Strauss Foundation has provided sample proposals on their website that are available to view for how to structure your project’s proposal.  You may also view previously funded proposals on their website to ensure your proposal has not already been widely funded.  Competitive applicants will have strong leadership skills with a demonstrated record of public service that shows the desire to make a difference in local, regional, national, or international communities.  All applicants with proposals that meet the requirements will be invited to interview with the UC Davis selection committee in early to mid-February to determine the nominees who will be forwarded to the Donald A. Strauss Foundation.
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Advising
For advising on the process or review of application materials, please contact Prestigious Scholarship Advisor Scott Palmer (scpalmer@ucdavis.edu) to make an appointment or to request your materials to be reviewed.
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Timeline
Campus Deadline:  January 30, 2015
Campus Interviews (mandatory): early to mid-February, 2015
Final Nominee Deadline:  March 4, 2015
Scott Palmer
Prestigious Scholarship Advisor
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
2128 Dutton Hall
Davis, CA 95616
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