Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community.
Nominations for 2015-2016 will be available in February.
The recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception on May 9, 2016, from 3-5:30pm at Alumni House.
If you have questions, please contact Suzan Akin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards are supported by the Office of the Chancellor, External Relations & Office of Protocol, and the Public Service Center.
Research in the Public Interest
Emily Ozer (Public Health)
Community Engaged Scholarship
William Drummond (Journalism)
Jun Sunseri (Anthropology)
Staff Award for Civic Engagement
Anne Marie Richard (SAIT)
All of Us or None
Undergraduate Student Award for Civic Engagement
Steven Czifra (English)
Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement
Arturo Cortéz (Education)
Mather Good Citizen Award
Alejandra Meza (Social Welfare)
Robert J. And Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students
Sean Tan (Development Studies, Education)
Emily Ozer, Public Health
Anne Marie Richard, SAIT
William Drummond, Journalism
Jun Sunseri, Anthropology
Steven Czifra, English
Arturo Cortéz, Education
All of Us or None
Alejandra Meza, Social Welfare & Education
Sean Tan, Development Studies & Education
Other Public Service Awards and Scholarships
In addition to the Chancellor's Awards for Public Service, the campus offers a few other support and recognition opportunities for students invested in public service.
Note: These are awards given to current students. For post-graduate public service fellowships and opportunities, please see here.
For a full list of public service scholarships visit UC Berkeley's scholarship connection.
Big Ideas Award
Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have creative ideas to improve society. Application deadline is mid-November.
The California Alumni Association's Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments. Applications are due in early April each year.
The Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship
Each year the Cal-in-Sacramento program sends approximately 30 students to intern in public service in California’s capital. Fellows work for eight weeks in the offices of Senate and Assembly members, the governor's office, state agencies, or nonprofit groups. The program provides free housing for students.
Donald A. Strauss Scholarship
The Strauss Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships to juniors to fund a public service project proposed by the scholarship recipient. A portion of the scholarship may be used towards the recipient's tuition, fees, books, or room and board. Applications must be turned in to the Scholarship Connection (345 Campbell) by mid-February.
Matsui Local Government Fellowship
The fellowship selects four Fellows during the spring semester providing each a $2,000 stipend to work in the local government or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interest.
Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship
For over 40 years, the Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship has celebrated the leadership and service of Cal women. This scholarship awards women students with junior standing who have demonstrated leadership, service, academics, and personal development in pursuit of a specific future goal or career. Students self-nominate, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application deadline is mid-March. Awards up to $3,000.
Peter E. Haas Public Service Leadership Program
The Public Service Center's Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program provides need-based scholarships in the range of $2,000 to $6,000 and supports a community of undergraduate student leaders who have demonstrated a significant commitment to service activities.
The Prytanean Prize
The Prytanean Society was founded at UC Berkeley in 1901 to recognize Cal women students who demonstrate faith, service and loyalty to the University Of California, Berkeley. The Prytanean Prize is awarded to a woman student with junior standing in recognition of campus and community service as well as academic excellence. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA, and the recipient will be awarded a cash prize of at least $500. The application deadline is mid-March, and includes an essay.
Stevens Scholars (Cal in the Capital)
Stevens Scholars participate in the Center's Cal in the Capital program. Awards are distributed to two CITC participants to cover the full cost of housing for a summer internship in Washington DC that focuses on government and international relations, peacemaking, global poverty and health care, and/or foreign service.
The Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 to juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service