These 12 college and university students receive from the J. W. Saxe Memorial Fund awards of $2,000 to help them take public service jobs or internships they could not do without support as many if not all are on scholarship or financial aid.

Abdelrahim Abdel – Brooklyn College 2011 where he founded World of Science and is a leader in community service. For work this summer at the Tent of Nations Youth Camp, Palestine. Aims to be a medical doctor. From Staten Island.

Karen Bemis – U. of Georgia Law School 2012. Earlier volunteer work with Americorps and the Boston Health Center. For work this summer on Roma and other human rights issues, with the Hungarian Helsinki Group in Budapest. From rural Georgia.

Emily Benson – Northern Illinois College of Law/De Kalb 2011 where she is on the dean’s list and founded a student pro bono law group. To work this summer at the Int’l Criminal Court, the Hague, in its Office of Victims & Witnesses. From Genoa, Illinois.

Allyson Even – U. of Pennsylvania 2013. Has taught HS students since she was a junior in HS. Now volunteering with KIPP Philadelphia Schools. To teach in summer 2010 with Rhode Island SPIRIT drop-out prevention program in Providence, her home town.

Montae LangstonUCLA 2011. Emancipated at 18 after 10 years in California foster care, an experience motivating him to multiple activities to help ex-foster care people. To intern in Ruili, China, with UCLA-run Border Statements Collective youth program.

PhuongTam (Tammy) Nguyen – U. of Virginia 2012. Pre-med student. Volunteer and paid work in medical field. Camp counselor for children with muscular dystrophy. To intern with the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Fairfax County, VA, where she lives.

Megan Olsen – Brigham Young 2010. Volunteer Headstart teacher for migrant workers’ children. Aims for career in education. To intern with Canyons School District, the first new school district to be organized in Utah, her home, in 100 years.

Michael O’Shea – Pomona 2011. Volunteer with LA office of The Trust for Public Land. To continue with the Trust in Chicago, his home, working on the Bloomingdale Trail project to convert an abandoned elevated RR track on the west side into a public space.

Ashesh Prasann – U. of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy 2011. BS, Trinity College. Junior fellow at Carnegie Endowment. To work this summer for 10 weeks at the Center for Microfinance in Chennai, India. Int’l economic development is his passion.

Shannon Satterwhite – Willlamette 2010 pre med. For work with Medicins D’Afrique. Aims to be a doctor working on the fistula problem in Africa. From Portland, OR.

Aarti Sharma – Emory School of Law 2011. Taught school in Miami with Teach for America 06-08. To be intern in juvenile law with NY Legal Aid. From Stone Mtn, GA.

Johnny Solis – Georgetown School of Foreign Service 2011. On dean’s list, Bill Gates Scholar. Has taught in DC and through Breakthrough Collaborative in Houston, where he will teach disadvantaged HS students again this summer. From Johnson City, TX.

Winners by Year