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The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Please complete and mail in an application form by January 18, 2018. Your application should also include a proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation.

The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.


Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.

2017 Award Winners

Gianna Biaggi will work with the Wale Wale organization in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya to create a community library and a comprehensive youth literacy program.

Josephine Gardner will create employment for impoverished mothers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She founded an organization called Yenegat Chora to establish a training center, purchase looms and sewing machines, teach the women weaving, garment making, and business skills, and provide seed money for their new business. Eventually she intends to purchase and resell their output through a website and local markets.

Antoinette Kona Zoumanigui will establish Project Y.V.E.T.A. (Youth for Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture). In partnership with the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture and Association Diante Bou Bess, Y.V.E.T.A. will establish a school and educate the Talibe, street youth of Senegal who were formerly under the tutelage of Qur’anic schoolmasters, by combining traditional classroom subjects in math, reading, and writing with vocational training in agriculture and agri-entrepreneurship.  Click here for more info.

View our list of all past award winners.

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More Information

For more information, please review the award FAQs.

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