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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 one-page cover sheet, proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation.

The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself 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.

2016 Award Winners

Brett Davidson launches a Connecticut Bail Fund to support pretrial detainees, those with no financial resources. He'll also work with Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project to help asylum seeking immigrants in Los Angeles by creating a revolving bail fund. Further, he will create Bail Zero, a national network to provide education regarding the process and to facilitate and create new funds. 

Taehoon Kim created a computer and mobile phone project that improves healthcare in rural populations of the Dominican Republic. He connects patients to specialists via video conferencing and prevents 'Medication Stock-Outs' with a Restock program; thereby saving lives by having needed medications available. 

Sharad Sagar founded Dexterity Global and D2C (Dexterity to College) to increase college opportunities for low-income students in underdeveloped states of India. He expects to reach one million students with his college-access preparation through the use of boot camps, fellowships, and peer mentoring.

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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