Summer Service Fund Information
Our '95 Summer Service Fund History
In May 1995, at the initiative of John Smith, the Class of 1995 became the youngest Princeton class ever to establish a fund to support Princeton students committed to public service. During that time, former Princeton University President Hal Shapiro expanded the University's motto to "Princeton in the nation's service, and in the service of all nations." Hundreds of class members donated generously to the Summer Service Fund.
In 2001, the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund offered us a matching grant for every donation made before our Sixth Reunion. In honor of the 10th Reunion, the Class of 1969 proposed a $10,000 challenge, agreeing to match donations made by the end of 2005. Former President Shapiro lauded our Fund for "forging the kinds of bonds between generations of Princetonians that have been such a unique and unifying aspect of the Princeton experience." Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel added, "Hats off to '95 for the vision, leadership, and generosity that have made these awards possible."
The 1995 Summer Service Fund provides financial support to Princeton undergraduates pursuing public or community service endeavors, anywhere in the world. Many '95ers appreciate having benefited from similar programs established by older alumni classes. Over a period of eight years - from the fund's inception in 2000 to the summer of 2008 - the 1995 Summer Service Fund has now awarded grants to a total of 30 undergraduate students. Those recipients, the '95 Summer Service Committee, and the Class are honored to carry this Princeton tradition to the next generation.
The Summer Service Fund is currently led by co-chairs Matt Draper '95 and Elyse Michaels-Berger '95. We ask that you look at the following web pages to learn more about our Fund and our members, who work valiently in their free time to make summer internships possible for current Princeton undergraduates. In the subsequent links, students will learn how to apply to the Fund. If you are a Princeton alumnus/a, please also read on. We welcome your efforts to promote and develop our Fund, so we can continue to offer funding for a new generation of young leaders.