Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

$30,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
1/31/2023Submission Deadline

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The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award helps graduating students undertake a year-long public service project anywhere around the world. Established in 1989, the award honors Samuel Huntington, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid.

Post his graduation, Samuel Huntington spent two years teaching science in Nigeria. This experience changed his life. In order to enable other students to engage in public service in a similar fashion, the award provides $30,000 for a one-year project.

Past recipients of the award have gone on to become McArthur “Geniuses”, the U.S. Surgeon General, honorees in “Forbes” 30 Under 30, winners of the Queen of England’s Young Leaders and have been listed in BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women of 2018.

Key Information of Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

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Area of Study

Public Service

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Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Timeline

July 2022

Applications Open

Applications open in July.

January 31, 2023

Submission Deadline

Submit all the necessary documents by this date.

April 2023

Announcement Date

Winners will be announced by late April.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Senior – Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Present Work Experiences
  • Special Project

How to ace the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


Choose a project you are passionate about

Candidates can choose a project from any field and anywhere around the globe. While that leaves you with a number of options, it is best to choose something close to your heart.


Choose your project partners wisely

Although you can apply as an individual, it would help your project if you are already associated with an established public service organization. This could be a charitable, religious, educational, government, or other organization.


Create measurable goals

The award amount is handed out in two installments; one at the start of the project and one halfway through. In order to receive the second installment, the candidate must provide a six-month progress report with measurable goals and progress achieved.


Create a budget

The awarded grant is not intended to assist individuals with college tuition. It is to fund your project’s expenses, including travel, living expenses, and of course project expenses. Your application will be considered if a majority of the funds are directly used for the project.

How the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is Judged

Applicants are judged on the basis of their proposals, academic records, and personal achievements. They are also judged on their vision, compassion, and desire to make a difference.

Why We Love the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


Youngsters can give back to their community

Often people wait until they have achieved all that they want in life, before giving back. This award changes that, allowing the youth to make a difference.


It rewards actual progress

Constantly checking in with the candidate, allows organizers to reward actual on-ground progress.


It can be used worldwide

Although applicants need to be enrolled in a U.S.-based college, their impact can be felt globally. There are no restrictions on where one should do their project.

5 Facts about the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


There have been 83 recipients to date

Although the organizers guarantee only one award per year, sometimes they give out two to three awards in a year.


Their work has touched almost every continent

Samuel Huntington scholars have made an impact in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, among others.


Scholars represent some of the biggest schools

From Yale to Cornell, past recipients represent some of the biggest schools including Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard.


It allows for diversity

You can be from any ethnicity, gender, or school in the U.S. and still be accepted for the award.


It helps various sectors

Unlike other awards that are restricted by sector, this one has had recipients work in healthcare, psychology, human rights, and much more.

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