• About the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $30,000 stipends for graduating college seniors 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.


    First presented in 1989, the award has provided 91 outstanding young people the opportunity to bring their extraordinary spirit of public service to reality. Recipients of the award include McArthur "Geniuses", the U.S. Surgeon General, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honorees, Queen of England's Young Leaders and BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of 2018.

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    History of the Award

    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established as a memorial to Samuel Huntington, who was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System (now National Grid) until his untimely accidental death in July 1988.


    An early architect of energy conservation and environmental programs, Samuel Huntington was devoted to praiseworthy ideals.


    Samuel Huntington spent two years after graduation teaching Science in Nigeria, which he saw as life-changing. The Award perpetuates his commitment to public service and enables students to engage in meaningful public service opportunities of their own design.