The Donald A. Strauss Foundation

UCI Applicant Intent Form Deadline: November 15, 2018 at NOON

Applicant Intent Form (previously referred to as Pre-Application) Link:

A $15,000 scholarship given to sophomores, juniors, or 4th year seniors (only if taking a fifth year to graduate) at 15 pre-selected 4-year California colleges or universities who have demonstrated an interest in public service, outstanding leadership potential, have developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills, and wish to “make a difference” in local, regional, or national communities. UC Irvine is pleased to be one of these pre-selected universities.

Who is Eligible
If applying in 2018-19, you must be graduating in 2020 or 2021. Students may be pursuing any major and must be in the upper 1/3 of their class, and who expect that a significant part of their lives will be devoted to public service. There are no citizenship restrictions.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school). Grades from other colleges will be included in the calculation of your overall GPA for eligibility purposes.

Selection Procedure
Candidates are nominated by their college or university. The first step to begin the application process and be considered for campus nomination is for students to submit the brief Applicant Intent Form (previously referred to as Pre-application) by noon on November 15, 2018. This form should take about 10 minutes to complete and provides the SOP office with relevant information (e.g., contact information, graduation date, etc.) to confirm the student’s eligibility to apply. Eligible students will then be assigned to a primary staff advisor, who will provide strategic advice, instructions for submitting drafts for personalized feedback, and other helpful resources. Nomination drafts will be due to the SOP office at noon on January 21, 2019.

The heart of the application is a project proposal for a community or public service project to be carried out between the end of the Sophomore year and the spring of the Junior year (for sophomores) or the end of the Junior year and the spring of the Senior year (for juniors or seniors taking a fourth year). The proposal is limited to 4 pages, typed and double-spaced. Please note that students may work together and submit a single project proposal, but each student must individually submit other materials, which include a 1-page personal statement, a 1-page resume, 2-3 letters of recommendation, an application summary, a signed copy of acceptance agreement, and a transcript(s) of all college work. UCI may nominate 3 students.

Winners will be announced on April 16th, 2019.


Your faculty can submit their recommendations by email, campus mail (zot code 5695), or drop them off in person at our office (193 Science Library, in the Writing Center). Please remind them to include their signatures on their letters. Your application materials do not have to be submitted as hard copies; electronic copies will be sufficient.

Who Wins
Scholars are selected on the basis of their proposals, demonstrated commitment to public service and leadership, and communication skills.

In 2018, Anne-Marie Leiby received Alternate status for the Strauss Scholarship.

In 2017, Bhavesh Patel received the Strauss Scholarship.

In 2015, Anna Tran received the Strauss Scholarship.

Other winners include Christine Pham in 2014, Rahaf Baker in 2011, and Long-Co Nguyen in 2009.

The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship award is a $15,000 scholarship, divided into $8,000 for the costs of the public service project as well as $7,000 for tuition, fees, books and/or other educational expenses permitted by the funding agency.

This scholarship promotes public service among its recipients. Recipients present the results of their projects to the Donald A. Strauss Foundation Board.

World Wide Web
Further information and applications are available at the Strauss website.

For applications and more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 949-824-0189. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication on the first floor of Science Library (Building 520).

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.