Judith Lee Stronach Undergraduate Traveling Scholarship
The Judith Lee Stronach Travel Scholarships are open to undergraduates in all departments at the College of Environmental Design (CED) and are meant to encourage the study of new places, cultures, and peoples, as well as a commitment to social responsibility. All travel should have a service-learning focus, combining educational goals and community service in a way that enhances student growth as well as the common good. Service-learning travel experiences can be in the context of volunteer work, a structured study-abroad program, self-directed senior thesis research, or independent research. Prize is awarded to 4–6 students, each, during each award cycle.
March 8, 2023
Up to $5,000 per student (depending on budget)
- Undergraduates majoring in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, or sustainable environmental design at CED
- Applicants must have at least one semester remaining before graduation upon completion of the proposed travel.
- Acceptance of the University of California Waiver of Liability.
CED Prizes & Awards will begin to accept applications for the Summer 2023 Judith Lee Stronach Undergraduate Travel Scholarships at the beginning of the spring 2023 semester.
Complete the online application form, including the following uploaded as a single PDF:
- Scholarship proposal. Write a short essay (500 words) describing your personal and intellectual journey, explaining how this particular experience, through service learning, community development practice, or social projects, fits into it. In your brief essay, please reflect on the approach to service learning assumed by your organization or planned trip.
- Declaration of interest. Compose a declaration of interest (no more than 500 words) describing your topic of study, your research questions, and your proposed methods of research. Applicants are highly advised to collaborate with a local NGO or non-profit organization with expertise in their proposed site and/or topic of research.
- Travel budget worksheet — Please include documentation (can be screen shots) of airfare and program costs (if applicable).
- Travel itinerary.
- A detailed resume or curriculum vitae outlining relevant academic, co-curricular, and employment experiences.
- Unofficial transcript (CalCentral printouts acceptable; include other non-UC unofficial transcripts).
Scholarship funding may be less than the requested sum and will be based on the specifics of the individual applications.
By agreeing to receive a JLS Travel Scholarship, you commit to submitting a one-page summary of your experience and 10 images by the first day of the fall 2023 semester.
Scholarship applications to the JLS Travel Scholarship will be reviewed by the scholarship committee: Louise Mozingo, Gale Brager, and Peter Bosselmann
A writer, poet, journalist, and educator, Judith Lee Stronach gave her time, energy, and financial resources unstintingly to those causes she cared most deeply about, including peace and social justice, and to environmental and arts organizations regarding issues ranging from ending homelessness in her own community to advocacy for human rights in troubled areas around the globe.
Her passionate commitment to non-violence led her to serve on the executive board of Amnesty International, work as an interpreter for the Guatemalan Office of Human Rights, and serve as benefactor for the Center for Justice and Accountability for victims of torture, among others. In honor of her tremendous support, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law created The Judith Stronach Women’s Rights Fellowship. She was active in the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and wrote articles and essays on peace and reconciliation, both domestically and internationally. She was also a published poet.
Stronach was also a scholar who loved art and literature, clearly believing that the written word could help change people’s lives and make the world a better place. She founded the Judith Stronach Prize for Poetry and Prose for re-entering students at the University of California, Berkeley and sponsored the V-World Poetry Contest, an international competition that is part of Eve Ensler’s V-Day campaign to end violence around the world.
She taught children about poetry and environmental and social justice in schools and at the Berkeley Friends Meeting. The Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lectures on the teaching of poetry are an annual event at the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition, the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize is open to all UC Berkeley undergraduates. The Berkeley Prize Essay and Travel Fellowship is open to undergraduate students of architecture worldwide.