• The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was first presented in 1989. Since then, it has provided 77 outstanding young people the opportunity to bring their extraordinary spirit of public service to reality.

     

    Recipients of the award include McArthur "Geniuses", a former U.S. Surgeon General, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honorees, Queen of England's Young Leaders and BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of 2018.

  • A map of Samuel Huntington Public Service awardees since 1989 and the places around the world where they have heralded change through their innovative projects, innovations and organizations.

  • Some of our past recipients

    Former Surgeon General of the United States

    Vivek Murthy received the Samuel Huntington Public Service award in the year 1997 for his initiative Swasthya Community Health Partnership to train women as community health workers in rural India.

    McArthur Genius

    Angela Lee Duckworth is an American academic, psychologist and popular science author. She is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control. Angela is the recipient of the prestigious McArthur Genius Grant.

     

    Angela received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award in the year 1992 as a graduating senior at Harvard University.

    Forbes 30 Under 30

    Sharad Sagar is an Indian youth icon and a globally renowned entrepreneur. In 2016, Sharad was the only Indian invited by President Barack Obama to the White House's SXSL event. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree.

     

    Sharad received the award in 2016 as a senior at Tufts for his initiative Dexterity to College (D2C).

  • Institutions our award recipients represent

  • Our complete list of award recipients since 1989

    2019

    Johnny Buck Northwest Indian College

    Phacelia Jane Cramer Williams

    Swaraj Priyadarshi Tufts

    2018

    Dennis Nyanyo Cornell
    Dejah Powell Cornell
    Surya Shahi Elon

    2017

    Gianna Biaggi Kenyon

    Antoinette Zoumanigui UPenn

    Josephine Gardner Elon

    2016

    Sharad Sagar Tufts

    Brett Davidson Yale

    Taehoon Kim UPenn

    2015

    Yasmine Arrington Elon
    Amelia Watts Florida State
    Shadrack Frimpong UPenn
     

    2014

    Michael Long New College, FL

    Lonnie Hackett Bowdoin

    Alexander Epstein Temple

    2013

    Bentrice Jusu Wake Forest

    Alex Freid UNH

    Mahmud Johnson Dartmouth

    2012

    Jason Lynch Stonehill

    Tasmiha Khan Wesleyan

    Michael Bernet Duke

    2011

    Kelsey Tackett Earlham

    Aicha Cisse Columbia

    Cory Rodgers UPittsburgh

    2010

    Mark Arnoldy UC Boulder

    Arielle Tolman Wesleyan

    Dian Liu Mt.Holyoke

    2009

    Wendy Herrera Brandeis
    Sadiqa Basiri Mt. Holyoke
     

    2008

    Rishi Mediratta Johns Hopkins
    Caitlin Cohen Brown
    Kelly Quinn Salem State

    2007

    Paul David Washington U

    Elizabeth Sholtys Emory
    Jennifer Browning UC Berkeley

    2006

    Haley Reimbold Hamilton

    Abraham Awolich UVM

    2005

    Jessica Schiffman Cornell
    Only Offor Harvard

    2004

    Edwardo Valero Cornell

    Onyi Offor Harvard

    2003

    Colleen Kinder Yale

    Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross Mt. Holyoke

    2002

    Josh Dankoff Wesleyan

    Karina Weinstein Tufts

    2001

    Meena Said UCLA

    Stacy Truta Harvard University 

    2000

    Lisa Liguori Haverford

    Steve Mordan Dartmouth

    Jeannie Lang Harvard

    1999

    Carrie Oelberger Haverford

    Tashi Zangmo Mt. Holyoke

    Jamila Cutliff Cornell

    1998

    Elaine Leong Wellesley

    Mehret Mandefro Harvard

    Nazleen Bharmal Brown

    1997

    Ruhi Khan Harvard

    Vivek Murthy Harvard

    Precious Williams Yale

    1996

    Reenah Kim Harvard

    Dufirstson Neree Brown

    1995

    Yea-Lan Chiang Harvard

    Perry Weinberg New York

    1994

    Matthew Meyer Brown

    Franklin Miller Harvard

    1993

    Bernetta Avery Oberlin
    Osman Waheed Harvard

    1992

    Angela Duckworth Harvard

    Nyaguthii Chege Dartmouth

    1991

    Jenn David Brown

    1990

    ​Kent Koth Grinell

    David Milner Middlebury

    Jamie Metzl Brown

    1989

    Lillian Ortiz Mt. Holyoke