Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $20,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.


Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.


All graduating students from accredited U.S. colleges are invited to apply.  


The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $20,000 for a one-year public service project: $10,000 is awarded at the start of the project; and $10,000 awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report.


Complete and email an application form. Your application should also include a proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation.


The deadline for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is usually in mid-January.


Class Year

  • Senior


  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Public Service


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America

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