These twelve students each received an award of $2,000 to help support them in their public service. They were selected by our governing board from applicants attending 91 different U.S. colleges and universities.
Melisa Bardhi, Barnard 2013, immigrant from Albania to USA at age 12. Intern at World Policy Institute, NYC. Long-term interest in sustainable development, diplomacy and international human rights. Earlier work with children in Harlem,and with a councilwoman and a member of Congress.
Melinda Cooperman, CUNY Law 2012. For work at the Children’s Law Center, Brooklyn, NY. Former Peace Corps volunteer in rural E1 Salvador. Earlier work with the San Francisco Urban Service and in bi-lingual legal counselingin NYC. Fluent Spanish.
Alfred john Deichsel, University of Washington BS in civil engineering 2011. To work as team leader with Engineers without Borders in a water project in rural Bolivia. Earlier experience on engineering projects in Croatia, Brazil, Mexico and Bolivia. Dean’s List. Eagle Scout.
Holly Dranginis, Berkeley Law 2013, for work on the Charles Taylor trial at the Special Court for Sierra,Leone, The Hague. Earlier work in human rights in Guatemala, South Africa, Uganda, on the Srebrenica genocide and in California with the Asylum Representation 8: Human Rights Clinics.
Noah Frigault, Universitiy of Calfiornia, Hastings Law 2013. For legal assistance to the East Bay Community Law Center, Oakland. Earlier work there with Habitat for Humanity and Americorps, and in New Orleans with Common Ground.
Alexandra Gecker, Princeton 2012. To teach at the East Harlem School, NYC. Founder and coordinator of a tutoring program that sends students to Trenton, N] schools. From Richmond, where she was a volunteer at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia.
Paige Hoster, University of. Oklahoma Law 2013. For work in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Victim Services Unit. Former court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer, working with neglected and abused children, and at the Institute for Child Advocacy.
Victoria Roytenberg, CUNY Law 2012. To work with the Public Defender’s Service, Washington, DC. Work with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx and with New Orleans Public Defenders. AVODAH social justice fellow. Fluent in Russian & Spanish.
Max Schneider, UCLA, BS 2011 in Statistics 81 Human Complex Systems. To work with UCLA’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group in Guatemala. Previous work with UCLA’s Law School on criminal tribunals and with the Atmospheric Sciences Department on measuring the ozone layer.
Riana Shah, Swarthmore 2014. Graduate of Bard HS/Early College, NYC. Founder/director Independent Thought & Social Action in India (Gujarat). For work there and for internship at Universal Giving, San Francisco,which studies non-profit organizations.
Narayan Subramanian, Columbia Engineering 2013. For work, with Columbia U.’s Climate Change Law Center, NYC. Founder/director www.collegiateclimatecollab.com Senior editor, Columbia Political Review. Member Ah~Hyung Alissa Park Research Group on carbon capture and storage.
Keenan Yates, Georgia Institute of Technology, MS City & Regional Planning Planning 2012. For ongoing work _with Resources for Residents & Communities to develop affordable green housing in Atlanta. Earlier workin Atlanta with Americorps and Habitat for Humanity.
Winners by Year