Past Summer Service Fund Winners
Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund Announces 2007 Winners
May 31, 2007
The Princeton Class of 1995 is pleased to announce the four 2007 winners of the '95 Summer Service Fund Award: Vicki Chen '09, Jessica Kwong '07, Danilo Mandić '07, and Dobromir Parushev '10. Like past winners of the '95 SSF Award, these four Princeton undergraduates will spend their summers volunteering in public service and community development organizations. Each will receive between $1,000 and $2,000 from the '95 Summer Service Fund to support their summer community involvement endeavors.
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. The Class of 1969 has provided guidance and financial support to the Fund. These winners bring to twenty-five the number of undergraduates who have received awards since the Fund began supporting students in the summer of 2000.
Vicki Chen, a Chemistry Major from Princeton, New Jersey, will spend July volunteering at the Uma Eye Clinic in Chennai, India. Each week Vicki will travel with the eye clinic ophthalmologists and other staff members to several rural camps, villages, and schools in and around Chennai. At those locations Vicki will assist in screening for eye cataracts, refractory errors, and other eye diseases, as well as distribute eyeglasses.
Jessica Kwong, a Comparative Literature Major who is the President of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) Peer Educators Program at Princeton, will teach a summer course and establish a library of world literature at the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. iEARN is a center for rehabilitation of child soldiers, orphans, and amputees who survived Sierra Leone's violent civil war. Jessica's plans include teaching Shakespeare at iEARN.
Danilo Mandić, a Sociology Major who grew up in the war-torn Balkans, will develop and manage the "After Kosovo" workshop series with the goal of establishing a network of university students in the region to promote inter-ethnic and inter-cultural respect among Serbs, Albanians, Roma, and other ethnic groups. Danilo will organize a series of workshops in Belgarde involving students from universities in Priština (Kosovo), Tirana (Albania), Belgrade and Novi Sad (Serbia) to explore opportunities for ethnic reconciliation.
Dobromir Parushev will return to his home of Bulgaria to teach a workshop regarding renewable energy for 6th to 12th grade students in Varna, Bulgaria. Dobromir hopes to both increase his students' interest in science and educate his students and the larger community regarding renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The four 2007 winners were selected from over thirty applicants. The winners were chosen by the '95 Summer Service Fund's Selection Team: Dan Marcus (Selection Captain), Micah Burch, Kim Digilio Sladkin, Gwen Jones Sheridan, Rashaan Harris, Rebecca Muraview, Anne Pak, Justine Sass, Tom Seidenstein and Lauren Sager Weinstein. The Class also recognizes the efforts of other Summer Service Fund Committee members: Elyse Michaels Berger, Matthew Draper, Adam Lichtenstein, Micah Burch, Jim Colman, Helen Hu, Dan Marcus, Jeremy Roller, Peter Belden, Rob Hill, Geordie Hebard, Paul Cernota, Christopher Looney, Constantine Morfopoulous, Andy O'Brien, Julie Polhemus, Shannon Sullivan, Hannah Clayson Smith, and John Smith.
For further information about the Fund, or to assist or donate, please contact co-chairs Elyse Michaels Berger '95 or Matthew Draper '95 at ssf "AT" princeton95.org.