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Carlson Center Leadership + Public Service Funding Opportunities for Students – Applications due May 1st

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is pleased to announce that applications are now open for three distinct funding opportunities for students engaged in public service and leadership activities at the University of Washington. The application deadline for each of the three opportunities is Monday, May 1st. Students from all three campuses are welcome to apply for the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award and the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship. The Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship is limited to UW Seattle students.



Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award

Named for one of Seattle’s foremost civic leaders, the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award recognizes one student each year who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who is committed to continued creative civic participation. The Carlson Student Leadership Award recipient will receive a cash award of $2500 and be honored at the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. In order to be eligible for the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award, candidates must be a junior or senior in class standing, be enrolled at the University of Washington during at least two quarters of the current academic year (Autumn 2016, Winter 2017, and/or Spring 2017), and be working toward their first baccalaureate degree.

Applications will be assessed on the extent to which a students’ conception and practice of civic leadership embodies these values: Social Responsibility, Commitment, Leadership, Creativity, and Collaboration. View our Application Evaluation Rubric to learn more about what we’re looking for from Carlson Award applicants.


Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

Made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, this Fellowship is named for late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former top aide to Senator Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship encourages a life-long commitment to public service by providing outstanding undergraduates with the opportunity to explore their potential through service and leadership in the community.  Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows serve in the summer, building on experiences and partnerships they have forged in the previous academic year.  Students who are selected receive an educational stipend of $1800 to engage in a public service project between June 19-August 31, 2017, and are supported throughout the summer through workshops and advising with a graduate student mentor. Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows are selected for a summer intensive experience based on three primary factors:

  • An established partnership with a non-profit or public sector organization
  • A collaboratively thought out plan for a summer intensive project that will benefit the partnering organization while increasing student skills and learning
  • An articulation of how the work of the Fellow will contribute to their development as a public servant and leader


NEW: Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship

Each year University of Washington seniors collaboratively decide upon a gift that will leave a legacy that honors their graduating class and its values. In 2016, the UW Seattle graduating class created a fund that would provide scholarship support for a student who is making positive changes in the UW community and greater Seattle area in ways that foster diversity and encourage student involvement. Given the Carlson Center’s rich history of community engagement, and on-going commitment to equity, the Class of 2016 selected the Carlson Center to administer this funding. This year’s scholarship recipient will be selected based on the strength of a proposed or in progress community engagement effort that celebrates and promotes diversity and encourages student involvement. The selected student will receive an educational stipend of $1800 to support their community engagement during the summer (or a clearly articulated planning process for a fall project) and are supported throughout the summer through workshops and advising with a graduate student mentor. Please note that this opportunity is limited to students at the UW Seattle campus.