The Draper Center for Community Partnerships oversees several funding opportunities for Pomona College students who are interested in both small and large-scale community engagement initiatives.
Summer/Winter Community Engagement Grants
These modest grants are designed to provide students funding in support of a community project either during their summer or winter break from college. The intent is for funding to offset the expense of project implementation, whether in the states or abroad. Requests for transportation, housing, and honorariums are not eligible. Students who receive an award are required to make a public presentation of their project to the campus community upon their return from break. To apply, visit the Draper Center to find out about the application process.
Davis Projects for Peace
Davis Projects for Peace encourages and supports today's motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace. Rewards support undergraduates as they design a grassroots project and implement it during their summer break, anywhere in the world. The projects judged to be the most promising and doable are awarded the grant. The initiative is open to all students at US colleges and universities which are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, currently over 90 campuses. In a competitive process with multiple nominees from each of these schools, 100 projects are selected for funding at $10,000 each.
More information, including a detailed description of possible partnership projects, can be found at their website.
Applications for the 2015 competitive round are submitted to Pomona College, where they are vetted and reviewed before a select number are chosen as official nominees.
Pomona College and the Draper Center are particularly interested in feasible and sustainable projects which are well-conceived and framed around mutually-beneficial partnerships. A detailed application includes the following:
- A written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages). All written project proposals require a heading to include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, country where the project will be performed.
- A detailed and itemized budget (one separate page).
- Evidence of pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project.
- One letter of recommendation.
- An unofficial transcript for each student.
The two-page proposal, one–page budget, letters from partners, and transcript should be submitted electronically–IN A SINGLE DIGITAL FILE–to Maria Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to the Draper Center.
Students with queries may direct them to staff at the Draper Center as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.
The deadline for the receipt of ALL application materials is Monday, February 9, 2016 at 5:00PM (Pacific Standard Time).
Strauss Foundation Public Service Awards
Pomona College and the Draper Center are honored to be involved with the Strauss Foundation and to identify students for consideration for the Strauss Foundation Award for Public Service!
The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation was created as a memorial to the late Don Strauss, who demonstrated a strong, lifelong commitment to public service and education. The Foundation annually awards $10,000 scholarships to no fewer than 14 California college juniors who reflect a similar commitment.
Successful applicants will be current juniors at Pomona College who plan to execute the project during their senior year.
Additional eligibility guidelines and information as well as application materials, can be found on the Strauss Foundation website. Please submit complete applications electronically to Gilda Ochoa and deliver one hard copy to the Draper Center.
The Pomona College deadline for Strauss applications is Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00PM (Pacific Standard Time). Both the digital and hard copies of the application must be received by the deadline.
The Napier Initiative
The Draper Center is proud to work with the Pilgrim Place community and representatives from the other Claremont Colleges to inform Pomona College students about the Napier Initiative and their Awards for Creative Leadership.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Pilgrim Place community will offer two $10,000 awards for graduating seniors from the five Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps.
The awards will be given to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership promise in one of the three principal fields to which the Napiers dedicated themselves: global peace, social justice, and care of the Earth. Each of the five colleges will nominate up to three applicants, with the two finalists being chosen by a selection panel at Pilgrim Place. Additionally, each of the students nominated by the colleges will have the opportunity for a one-year mentoring relationship with Pilgrim Place residents having a significant vocational affinity with the nominee.
For instructions on applying, visit the Napier Initiative website. Please submit a complete application in hard copy to Prof. Gilda Ochoa at the Draper Center by Monday, November 3, 2014. Letters of recommendation may be sent to the Draper Center under separate cover.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Students involved with activities through the Draper Center should consider applying for the Truman Scholarship. The Harry S Truman Foundation Scholarship Program gives exceptional college juniors who have demonstrated potential to become change agents in public service careers an opportunity to refine their goals and plan their graduate studies. Successful applicants have a history of individual accomplishment as change agents, and are able to show how their past achievements connect to their plans for the future.
Foundation Scholarships award up to $30,000 for graduate studies in the U.S. or abroad in a very broad range of careers dedicated to public service, including public administration, policy analysis, public health, historical preservation, law, international relations, government, economics, military, social services, education, conservation, environmental protection, and other fields. Truman Scholars participate in leadership training programs, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Scholars who plan to gain practical experience after college before entering a graduate program may defer the scholarship for several years.
Candidates are nominated by their colleges/universities. Nominees must be U.S citizens or nationals who are juniors in the upper quarter of their class, and who are committed to a career in public service. This may include professional work in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. All majors are eligible.
Students interested in applying should contact Jennifer Locke as soon as possible. The internal deadline for applications is October 29, 2014. Interested students should begin work on their applications well in advance, as the application requires several essays, including close analysis of a public policy issue. For the internal application, you will need a draft 15-question application form (available here), a draft of your policy proposal, an unofficial transcript, and three letters of recommendation. All materials will be due online by the 29th. Pomona may nominate a limited number of students. One Scholar or more is selected from each state, and up to 30 additional Scholars are selected at large. More information can be found at the Truman Foundation's website: http://www.truman.gov.