2008

Twelve prizes of $2,000 each were awarded to assist these college and university students in taking low-pay or no-pay jobs or internships in public service

Rukia Abdi – Normandale Community College, Eden Prairie, MN. For work as English tutor/mentor to refugees from East Africa in Minneapolis community via “Crossing Barriers” &”Solution Finders.” Aims for law school. From Somalia.

Megan Carroll – Harvard Kennedy School ’09. For work with the UN Children’s Fund, India. Amherst magna cum laude & public service award. Former coordinator of “Scholars At Risk” program at Harvard & public service advisor. From San Diego.

Elizaveta Fouksman – UCLA ’08. For year’s work in education with Vidya Poshak organization in Karnataka, India. Aims for career in human rights. Previous work in India in ’06 and with homeless in US. California resident, from post-Soviet Russia.

Leah Harrison – Brown ’08. For year’s work in micro-loan program with CITA Int’l in Sierra Leone. Three-year volunteer, Refugee Resettlement in Providence. Organized Brown tutoring program for refugees. Teacher in Newport, NH, her home town.

Jessica Huang – UC/Berkeley/Schl of Engineering, ’09, with majors in civil & environmental engineering and business admin. For work with Resource Development International on arsenic in water in Cambodia. Founder of Berkeley service organization; work in Ecuador, Uganda & Honduras. From Chino Hills, Calif.

Samia Omar – Stony Brook University MPH program ’09. For health education in Madagascar. Former president, African Students Ass’n at McMaster U, Canada. Leader in organization helping to find jobs for HIV/AIDS sufferers. Born in Kenya.

Lauren Sauer – Eastern Mennonite University, VA. For work on Israeli-Palestine problems through “Jerusalem Stories” peace education project. Anabaptist Center peace education 2 years in Korea; work at US Justice Department civil rights division. Colgate BA ’01, magna cum laude. Lives in Virginia.

Max Shmookler – American Universitiy in Cairo/Arabic Center. For ongoing work as teacher and also as education coordinator of “Unaccompanied Minors” project for refugee orphans in Cairo. Fluent Arabic. Earlier work with Middle East Report in Washington & volunteer work at Vassar (BA ’05). From Allentown, PA.

Ian Tapu – Dartmouth ’08, with degree in Native American studies. For fellowship with Humanity in Action minority rights group in New York and next year in Berlin. Volunteer at Lakota reservation, SD, and volunteer mentor of at-risk youth. Minority student leader and advisor to university president. From Hawaii.

Simon Tudiver – Yale School of Forestry & Environment, ’09. For work on his radio documentary series on green energy choices, to be broadcast in Canada and later in the US. Former reporter, writer & editor, Canadian Broadcasting. From Winnipeg.

Alissa Wassung – Yale ’10. For work with Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale & at Connecticut Hospice. A professional ballet dancer since age 15, primarily with ABT, later teacher and designer, now highly involved in new pursuits. From Salem, CT.

Winners by Year