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Class of 1995

Past Summer Service Fund Winners


Announcement of 2005 Winners

May 23 2005

        On the occasion of its 10-year reunion, the Princeton Class of 1995 is pleased to announce the five 2005 winners of the ’95 Summer Service Fund Award: Caroline English ’08, Maital Friedman ’07, Nathalie Moise ‘05, Soraya Umewaka ’06, and Joshua Williams ’07.  Like past winners of the ’95 SSF Award, these five Princeton undergraduates will spend their summers volunteering in public service and community development organizations.
        Caroline English ‘08, a freshman from Atlanta, Georgia, will spend June and early July in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working for Habitat for Humanity Tanzania.  Caroline will spend most of her time assisting the Global Village Coordinator in coordinating the work of Habitat’s eighteen affiliates in Tanzania.  She will also research the “Nyumba ni Mama” project, which supports female-headed households for widows and single mothers.  Caroline has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity from a very young age.  She is a member of the Varsity Women’s Lightweight Crew and is a member of Athletes in Action.

        Maital Friedman ’07 hails from White Plains, New York.  Maital will work with the Bushikori Christian Center (BCC) in Uganda.  BCC provides health care, education, and vocational training to women and orphans in the Bungokho sub-county of Mbale.  At Princeton Maital has volunteered with Angel’s Wings, a temporary shelter for children removed from their homes, and is active in the Center for Jewish Life.

        Nathalie Moise ‘05, a Psychology Major from Melville, New York, will work at the Hopkins Health Clinic in Belize.  Nathalie’s work will focus upon health education and outreach to villagers with diabetes and/or hypertension.  She will also promote HIV/AIDS awareness and teach classes on diet and exercise.  In preparation for her internship in Belize, Nathalie will work at Project HEAL (Healthy Environment Altering Lives) at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.  Nathalie has been active in a number of activities at Princeton, including coordinating the Service in Style Charity Fashion Show and volunteering with the Student Volunteers Council.  

        Soraya Umewaka ‘06 is a Comparative Politics Major who is also seeking a Near Eastern Studies Certificate.  Soraya will work at an Amerispan center for street children in Quito, Ecuador.  Soraya spent the summer of 2003 in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for the Afghan Foundation for Culture and Civil Society and the Ministry of Finance.

        Joshua Williams ’07 plans to major in Comparative Literature with certificates in African Studies and Creative Writing.  Josh will spend the summer in Kenya, working with Artnet, an organization that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness through short plays.  While in Kenya Josh will also conduct research for Professor Mahiri Mwita, to assess the efficacy of theatre initiatives Professor Mwita initiated in Kenya several years ago.  Josh is a board member of Theatre Intime and is a 2005 fellow on Princeton’s Religious Life Council.

The ‘95 Summer Service Fund is sponsored by the Class of ’95, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund provides financial support to Princeton undergraduates pursuing public or community service endeavors, in the United States or abroad.  Hundreds of members of the Class of 1995 have contributed to the fund since its inception in 1995, when the Class became the youngest ever to create such a fund.  

Three inaugural recipients received awards at the Class of 1995’s Fifth Reunion for projects in the summer of 2000.  The 2005 winners bring the total number of Princeton undergraduates supported by the Fund to sixteen.  

        The five 2005 winners were selected from a number of strong applicants by the ’95 Summer Service Fund’s Selection Team: Dan Marcus (Selection Team Leader), Micah Burch, Kimberly Sladkin Digilio, Gwen Jones Sheridan, Rashaan Harris, Rebecca Muraview, Anne Pak, Shaifali Puri, Justine Sass, and Tom Seidenstein.  

The Class also recognizes the efforts of other Summer Service Fund Committee members: John Smith, Elyse Michaels Berger, Rob Hill, Mathew Draper, Jeremy Roller, Peter Belden, Paul Cernota, Jim Colman, Helen Hu, Christopher Looney, Andy O’Brien, Hannah Clayson Smith, Shannon Sullivan, and Lauren Sager Weinstein.

The ’95 Summer Service Fund has also enjoyed the generous support of the Class of 1969.  In 1996, it established the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund, which now fully funds and fills over 40 internships in public service organizations around the country every summer.  This year the Class of 1969 will match every dollar donated to the '95 Summer Service Fund, up to $5,000, from ’95 class members who are first-time donors or increase their donations from past years.

        For further information about the Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund, please contact co-chairs John Smith ‘95 or Elyse Michaels Berger ‘95.







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