• The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was first presented in 1989. Since then, it has provided 85 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, BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of 2018 and a member of the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021.

  • 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.

  • Our past award recipients and their projects

    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.

    Photo from: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/styles/bio_280x280/public/SG-Vivek-Murthy.jpg?h=db6a8723&itok=e2Ypp5KQ

    photo: Ted.com

    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.

    Photo from: http://TED.com

    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).

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  • Lonnie Hackett

    Lonnie received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award in 2014. Graduating from Bowdoin College, he went to Zambia to set up an organization to help school children succeed in their classes and give them a healthier start in life. He recently emailed the Award Committee with some wonderful facts and figures about the success of Healthy Learners. The Zambian government has adopted the Healthy Learners model as national policy, and is now partnering with Healthy Learners to spearhead a national rollout plan. Together 750,000 children will be served over the next three years.


    In addition, Lonnie was named a Social Entrepreneur by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, which finds, funds and supports early stage high impact social enterprises tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems.


    Lonnie writes: “The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Committee was one of the very first supporters who believed in our work. Our current success would not have been possible without your generosity and enthusiasm.”

  • Institutions our award recipients represent

  • Our complete list of award recipients since 1989 and their schools


    Joshua Kim UPenn

    Tess Pollins Boston University


    Wainright Acquoi Lynn

    Carson Eckhard UPenn

    Tolani Yesufu Cornell


    Angela Frimpong Grinnell

    Addison Luck Yale

    Zariah Tolman Montana State


    Johnny Buck Northwest Indian College

    Phacelia Jane Cramer Williams

    Swaraj Priyadarshi Tufts


    Dennis Nyanyo Cornell
    Dejah Powell Cornell
    Surya Shahi Elon


    Gianna Biaggi Kenyon

    Antoinette Zoumanigui UPenn

    Josephine Gardner Elon


    Sharad Sagar Tufts

    Brett Davidson Yale

    Taehoon Kim UPenn


    Yasmine Arrington Elon
    Amelia Watts Florida State
    Shadrack Frimpong UPenn


    Michael Long New College, FL

    Lonnie Hackett Bowdoin

    Alexander Epstein Temple


    Bentrice Jusu Wake Forest

    Alex Freid UNH

    Mahmud Johnson Dartmouth


    Jason Lynch Stonehill

    Tasmiha Khan Wesleyan

    Michael Bernet Duke


    Kelsey Tackett Earlham

    Aicha Cisse Columbia

    Cory Rodgers UPittsburgh


    Mark Arnoldy UC Boulder

    Arielle Tolman Wesleyan

    Dian Liu Mt.Holyoke


    Wendy Herrera Brandeis
    Sadiqa Basiri Mt. Holyoke


    Rishi Mediratta Johns Hopkins
    Caitlin Cohen Brown
    Kelly Quinn Salem State


    Paul David Washington U

    Elizabeth Sholtys Emory
    Jennifer Browning UC Berkeley


    Haley Reimbold Hamilton

    Abraham Awolich UVM


    Jessica Schiffman Cornell
    Onyi Offor Harvard


    Edwardo Valero Cornell

    Vadim Ostrovsky Averett


    Colleen Kinder Yale

    Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross Mt. Holyoke


    Josh Dankoff Wesleyan

    Karina Weinstein Tufts


    Meena Said UCLA

    Stacy Truta Harvard


    Lisa Liguori Haverford

    Steve Mordan Dartmouth

    Jeannie Lang Harvard


    Carrie Oelberger Haverford

    Tashi Zangmo Mt. Holyoke

    Jamila Cutliff Cornell


    Elaine Leong Wellesley

    Mehret Mandefro Harvard

    Nazleen Bharmal Brown


    Ruhi Khan Harvard

    Vivek Murthy Harvard

    Precious Williams Yale


    Reenah Kim Harvard

    Dufirstson Neree Brown


    Yea-Lan Chiang Harvard

    Perry Weinberg New York


    Matthew Meyer Brown

    Franklin Miller Harvard


    Bernetta Avery Oberlin
    Osman Waheed Harvard


    Angela Duckworth Harvard

    Nyaguthii Chege Dartmouth


    Jenn David Brown


    ​Kent Koth Grinnell

    David Milner Middlebury

    Jamie Metzl Brown


    Lillian Ortiz Mt. Holyoke