Four student projects win Gephardt Institute Social Change Grants

The Community Service Office of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service recently announced winners of social change grants for student projects pursuing innovative ideas and serving the common good in the spirit of social entrepreneurship.

The grants help support full-time summer work for students who are developing and implementing the projects. In recent years, grant projects have focused on a wide variety of issues, including water purification, women’s economic empowerment, music training for under-resourced youth, infant healthcare, creative arts, family planning and many other topics.

The grants have funded projects in domestic and international locations, including St. Louis, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., the Marshall Islands, Egypt, India, Uganda and Cambodia.

This year’s funded projects are:

Cantor & Impact Social Change Grants
The Columbus Square Spot: A Community-Based Farmers’ Market and Youth Program
Mallika Tamboli, class of 2014, anthropology and public health in Arts & Sciences
Christopher Halline, class of 2014, urban studies and applied microeconomics in Arts & Sciences

CGI U Social Change Grant
Threads of Our Fabric: Building a Diverse Community Through the Arts in St. Louis
Sarah Bernhardt, class of 2013, MFA in visual arts, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Impact & CGI U Social Change Grants
Health Is Wealth: A Campaign
Funmilola Oladini, class of 2013, psychology and African & African American studies in Arts & Sciences

Impact & Stern Social Change Grants
Bringing Sight to Villa El Salvador
Sourik Beltran, class of 2015, anthropology in Arts & Sciences

To download a PDF summary of the projects and recipients, visit

For more information, contact Shiloh Venable at or (314) 935-3943.