Students win grants for social change

The Community Service Office has announced the winners of three Social Change Grants, awarded annually to students pursuing innovative ideas that serve the common good in the spirit of social entrepreneurship.

The grants have a total value of $22,000.

Sophomore David Fox and junior Jacob Siegel each received a $6,000 Stern Social Change Grant for projects on environmentalism as a conduit for peace and inner city peace, respectively.

The Stern Social Change Grant was established in 2000 to provide undergraduates with the means to pursue creative and meaningful activities during the summer, geared toward finding solutions to society’s needs. Two grants are available for domestic or international projects, and priority for one of the grants is given to a student involved in any program supported by the St. Louis Hillel center on campus.

Sophomore Maxwell Woods received the Kaldi’s Social Change Grant. The $5,000 award will help Woods provide high-level music instruction to students currently unrepresented in the music education system through the creation of a Lemp Summer Music Program.

The Kaldi’s grant was established in 2005 to enable students to develop sustainable community projects in the St. Louis region. Awarded to one undergraduate student each year, the grant supports full-time work to implement a community project over the summer as well as part-time work to sustain the project over the following academic year.

Graduate students Lindsey Horton and Kelly Scott received the $5,000 Gephardt Social Change Grant to begin a job-matching and training program for young Cambodian women.

The Gephardt Social Change Grant is funded by supporters of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service to broaden the availability of Social Change Grant funding resources for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. This grant supports international civic engagement or service projects demonstrating capacity for sustainable impact on an identified community issue.

The Community Service Office provides mentorship and support to prospective grant applicants in the development of their project proposals and to grant recipients in the implementation and wrap-up of their projects.

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