Past Summer Service Fund Winners
Announcement of 2001 WinnersMay 23 2001
The Class of 1995 is pleased to announce the two 2001 winners of the '95 Summer Service Fund: Kate Schirmer '03 and Rachel Smith '03. Each will receive an award of $800 to defray expenses incurred in their service projects.
With a team of seven other volunteers, Kate Schirmer '03
will serve rural youth in Ghana for two months through the Ghana Education Project. GEP is a student-initiated non-profit group that constructs and stocks community libraries in rural Ghana, teaches AIDS prevention, and awards educational scholarships. For years, Kate has worked with youth, especially the disabled, at summer camps, a children's museum, and the YWCA. She hails from Charlottesville, Virginia. Rachel Smith '03
will volunteer for Windows, a citizen-to-citizen diplomacy group in Israel. Windows is an organization of Jewish and Palestinian artists and educators that fosters personal relationships between Palestinian and Israeli children and adults through media and art. It publishes the only Hebrew-Arabic magazine written by and for children of both nations. Rachel is a religion major and a Hebrew school teacher, who serves on campus as an officer on the Religious Life Council, the ACLU chapter, and the Center for Jewish Life. Home for Rachel is in Flushing, New York.
Thanks go to the '95 Summer Service Fund selection team of Elyse Michaels, Andy O'Brien, Jean Bae, Matt Draper, and Tom Seidenstein. The class also gratefully recognizes the many efforts of the other committee members: Jeremy Roller, Shannon Sullivan, Peter Belden, Helen Hu, Lauren Sager Weinstein, Christopher Looney, Rob Hill, Hannah Clayson Smith, and John Smith.
The '95 Summer Service Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity sponsored by the Class of '95 that supports the community and public service projects of several Princeton undergraduates each year. With donations ranging from $5 to $200, about 400 '95ers have contributed to the Fund since its inception in 1995, when '95 became the youngest class to ever create such a fund. The Class of 1969 generously boosted the Fund by matching one-to-one all contributions made this year.
Last summer, the fund's three winners taught first aid in the Amazon, conservation in Belize, and AIDS awareness in Kenya.