Strauss Public Service

A group of LMU students posing with a member of Homeboy Industries.

The Donald A. Strauss Foundation partners with Loyola Marymount University for the opportunity to award an LMU student the opportunity to design a public service project. The scholarship will provide you with $15,000 to fund your service project.

Note: Your LMU financial aid will not be adversely affected if you are selected as a recipient.


  • Demonstrated an interest in public service.
  • Outstanding leadership potential.
  • Developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Possess the desire to "make a difference" in local, regional, national or international communities.
  • Have one full year remaining until graduation.
  • Have GPA in the upper 1/3 of his or her class.
  • Submitted an innovative, original, public service proposal & additional supporting materials.
  • Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply.

Application Materials

  1. Application Summary (Download from Strauss website)
  2. One page resume
  3. One page personal essay
  4. Four page proposal that includes timeline and budget
  5. Two letters of recommendation
    1. If your project works with a community partner, a letter of support is needed from the organization's leadership
  6. Transcripts (photocopy is ok)
  7. Acceptance Agreement. You can download the most current Agreement from the Strauss website

Timeline and Important Dates

Monday November 30th, 2020 at 1pm PST

  • Strauss Public Service Scholarship Informational Session (optional)
  • RSVP here

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5pm PST  

  • Fellowships for Changemakers Session (optional) hosted by ONIF where they will share brief info about Strauss scholarships and other fellowship opportunities. 
  • RSVP here 

Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11am PST  

  • Strauss Public Service Scholarship Informational Session (optional) 
  • RSVP here  

January 11, 2021 – February 4, 2021 

  • Make an appointment with Assistant Director, Isabel, to discuss application materials and process (optional) 

February 5th, 2021 by 12pm PST 

  • Deadline to SUBMIT all application materials (REQUIRED) 
  • Submit application via LEO here.  

Friday, February 12th by 12pm PST 

  • Applicants will receive an email stating if they have been selected to be a nominee.  If selected as a nominee, the email will contain further details on how to proceed.  Please note that LMU can only nominate up to 3 students to move forward in the selection process. 

February 15, 2021 – February 24, 2021 (REQUIRED) 

  • Selected nominees are required to meet with Assistant Director, Isabel, to receive feedback and work on proposal revisions.  

Friday, February 26th by 12pm PST (REQUIRED) 

  • Final proposal will be submitted to Assistant Director, Isabel.  

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2021. For more information, contact Isabel-Villalobos Galeana