The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Description: 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.
Dollar Value: This award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 to graduating seniors to engage in meaningful public service for up to one year anywhere in the world. $5,000 is awarded at the start of the project; and the remaining $5,000 is awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report.
Number of Scholarships: The foundation guarantees at least one award each year.
  • This competition is open to all graduating seniors from accredited colleges or universities.
  • Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are graduating from a U.S. college or university.
Application Procedures: Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by me student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Awards will be based on the quality of your proposal, your academic record, and other personal achievements. Applicants will be notified by mid-April if they are to be interviewed or if they did not become finalists. Finalists will be personally interviewed prior to their selection for the award. The award will be granted soon after the interviews.
Deadline: January 18, 2013
The Samuel Huntington Fund
Attn: Amy F. Stacy
25 Research Drive Westborough, MA 01582
508) 389-3390
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the application deadline be by postmark?
Can a portion of the award money be allocated toward travel and/or living expenses?
Yes, however, applications will be viewed more favorably if a significant portion of the funds are devoted to the project.
Can I fax or email a letter of recommendation?
Yes. Fax no: (508) 389-2463 // email:
Can my transcript and recommendation letters arrive separately?
Yes, as long as they are postmarked by the deadline and the applicant's name is clearly stated.
May I apply after the deadline?
No. The application review process begins immediately after the February deadline.
I graduated several years ago. May I still apply?
No. We accept applications from current graduating college seniors. If applicants plans to graduate just prior to the deadline (i.e. Sept - Dec 2007), they may apply in February 2008.
What is the timetable for choosing semi-finalists, finalists, and winners?
Semi-finalists (top ~20) are chosen by mid-March; finalists (top 6-8) are chosen by early April. Interviews are typically held late-April and winners are chosen that day. Award presentation is late May/early June.