The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $20,000 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 83 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.
Listen to some of our recipients and what the award meant to them.
"As a 22 year-old, the Samuel Huntington Award empowered me to be a social entrepreneur before that phrase even existed. The Award started me along a path that led to elected office, exposing me to lessons in leadership that I still use every day."
Matt Meyer, 1994 Awardee
“You know the quote: ‘I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about
that until I realized I am somebody’. The SH award allows you to be that somebody.”
Alex Freid, 2013 Awardee
Founder, PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network
"Receiving the award was a life-changing moment and opportunity for me. Knowing that I had become a part of such a prestigious honor and network of social change agents empowered me to pursue my passion in public service."
Yasmine Arrington, 2015 Awardee
Founder & Executive Director, ScholarCHIPS