This scholarship funds $15,000 to student led public service and education projects. Strauss Scholars tend to have an extensive record of community and public service. UCR is one of the top producing schools in the UC System.

Minimum GPA: 3.2
Award suitable for: Sophomores, Juniors
Campus Deadline: February 1

*Requires Campus Interview to earn endorsement. Successful candidates begin application 2 quarters in advance of deadline.

The Foundation promotes the value of public service in the education and preparation of our future leaders by financing innovative student-generated projects.  A central part of the application package is a proposal for a project to be carried out between the end of the sophomore or junior year, and the spring of the following year; these proposals shall become a major focus of the selection process.


  • Attend fall quarter information session.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Engagement to discuss qualifications and fit for award.
  • Review all pertinent award information at

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