Past Awardees

 

Listed below are the awards made by the Class of 1978 Foundation over the past 23 years:

  • Summer of 2021 – Eight grants, totaling $33,000
    • Ritvik Agnihotri ’22 – to work remotely with Princeton’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) program on a project to bring clean water to Rosario Vainas, an isolated mountain community in Ecuador.
    • Kyle Barnes ’22 – to help rollout “Representable,” a free public mapping tool he developed, to underserved communities who can use it for sharing information about common interests and needs and for other purposes (e.g., advocacy in connection with redistricting efforts).
    • Rachel Chen ’24 – to work at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto to address the health needs of hospitalized cancer patients, including the special challenges posed by COVID.
    • Muskan Effendi ’22 – to work with the Depilex SmileAgain Foundation, an NGO in Pakistan that provides acid survivors and other victims of domestic violence with medical care and other types of support and assistance.
    • Saad Malik ’22 – to develop an online portal for the Depilex SmileAgain Foundation so that victims can report abuse and burn incidents directly to the Foundation and thereby receive more timely care and assistance.
    • Jennifer No ’22 – to work at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to help address the physical and mental health care needs of teenage epilepsy patients impacted by COVID.
    • Chioma Shelton Ugwonali ’24 – to help organize a mutual aid cookout for the homeless and other low-income individuals living in Southside Fort Worth, Texas.  The event will include presentations by social workers, community leaders, and representatives from local shelters to inform people of housing options, food banks, and other local support services.
    • Anne Wen ’23 – to help relaunch the VIBE internship program at the Pacific Daily News on her home island of Guam.  The VIBE program will provide training and support to high school students with an interest in journalism.
  • Summer 2020 – Six grants, totaling $16,810
    • Caroline Adkins ‘22 – to serve as the Project Manager for an EWB team providing remote supervision and guidance with respect to the addition of a groundwater well water system in El Cajuil, Dominican Republic.
    • Maria Fleury ‘22 – to serve as a sub-team leader for a project to assist remotely with implementation of a water filtration system project in Migori County, Kenya.
    • Alberto Rigail Cabrera ‘22 – to develop AI software to address one or more challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic under the aegis of Nautilus Software Technologies Limited, with public dissemination through IBM’s “Code Global Challenge.”
    • Edward Tian ‘22 – to work with Can Watch, a global NGO based in Canada, to provide data analysis and visualizations that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved communities in North America, including Native American and Indigenous communities.
    • Allison Yang ‘23 – to work remotely to improve volunteer services at Lansdale-Abdington Community Hospital in Lansdale, PA.
    • Anlin Zhang ‘22 – to teach computer science and coding at an online summer camp sponsored by the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, CA.
  • Summer 2019 – Nine grants, totaling $36,107
    • Grace Collins ‘21 – to teach music and provide musical instruments to primary school students in Buyobo, Uganda.
    • Winfred Darko ‘20 – to help make the Dollaride micro-transit network more accessible to under-served communities in New York City.
    • Genevieve Garlock ‘20 – to help build sustainable and affordable housing for families in need as an intern with Habitat for Humanity in Argentina.
    • Imane Mabrouk ‘21  – to assist clients completing applications for permanent residency and other immigration-related documents as an intern at New American Pathways in Atlanta.
    • Angelika Morris ‘21 – to work with the “Street Medix” program to train over 100 additional civilians as trauma and mental health first responders in Chicago neighborhoods suffering from the highest rates of violence.
    • Kahlil Shaw ‘21 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on expanding an existing well and adding an electric pump to improve access to potable water for primary school students and the surrounding community in Kubweye, Kenya.
    • Samuel Vilchez Santiago ‘19 – to engage Hispanic students and their families in educational decision-making and public policy advocacy in Orange County, Florida, including organizing support for increased funding for English As a Second Language (“ESL”) and Special Education programs and the creation of  local independent charitable foundations to assist schools serving low-income students.
    • Riley Wagner ‘20 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable water for the first time in 25 years to over 70 families in an isolated community in Peru.
    • Michele Wang ‘21 – to intern at the Ding Sheng Legal Clinic in Chong Qing, China – the only Pro Bono clinic dedicated to serving people with hearing disabilities in the country.
  • Summer 2018 – Six grants, totaling $25,694
    • Natalia Brokate ‘20 – to reorganize and strengthen the medical services branch of a foundation serving underprivileged populations in rural Colombia.
    • Sneha Iyer ‘20 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable drinking water to over 100 families in an isolated community in the Andean mountains of Peru
    • Myesha Jemison ‘18 – to provide tutoring and mentoring opportunities to first-generation, low-income students of color in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
    • Tom Kingori ‘19 – to help improve access to college and other academic opportunities for high-achieving high school students from rural and low-income backgrounds in Kenya.
    • Bethwel Kiplimo ‘21 – created the “Chance Book” project to distribute over 2,000 books donated by Princeton students and faculty to elementary school students in rural Kenya.
    • Serge Nsanzineza ‘20 – to help develop a sustainable model of peace education for Hutu and Tutsi high school students.
  • Summer 2017 – Eleven grants, totaling $36,576
    • Julia Case-Levine ‘18 – to work at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund on criminal justice reform.
    • Renee Louis ‘19 – to work in a slum in Delhi, India, teaching ESL and using performing arts in primary schools to assist teachers with their weaker students.
    • Rhoda Lynch ‘19 – to work with disabled children in Vietnam suffering from neurological issues.
    • Alice Tupper Maiden ‘19 – to provide mobile trauma-informed education and support to Syrian refugee children in a camp in Greece.
    • Collins Metto ‘20 – to help improve access to college and other academic opportunities among rural, low-income high school students in Kenya.
    • Cameron McKenzie ‘19 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring water to communities and schools in Kenya that lack clean drinking water.
    • Danielle Pintz ‘17 – to develop an App to assist refugees in Rome, Italy to learn Italian and English and to assist them with digital literacy.
    • Eric Qiu ‘18 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable water to 120 households in a small community in the Dominican Republic.
    • Mayisha Sultana ‘20 – to help Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore learn English and IT skills.
    • Samuel Vilchez-Santiago ‘19 – to work with Latino families in Florida to increase parental participation in Parent-Teacher organizations and to help create non-profit organizations that focus on bringing Latino families into the larger educational system.
    • Kai Xin Tai ‘19 – to establish an English language program in a large foster home facility in rural Kuala Lumpur.
  • Summer 2016 – Eight grants, totaling $25,748
    • Alexander Byrnes ‘18 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a water collection and distribution system for the village of El Cajuil in the Dominican Republic.
    • Tucker Jones ‘16 – to work with FOKRED (Forum for Creative Action) to promote volunteerism and civic engagement among young people in Serbia.
    • Annie Lu ‘17 – to provide tutoring and mentoring opportunities to low-income students in Oakland, California.
    • Matthew Martinez ‘19 – to work on an engineering project in Peru on the Worm Tea method with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.
    • Fiona McKenna ‘17 – to teach English to children in Nepal as part of World Teach.
    • Roman Papademetriou ’18 – to work with Praksis in providing humanitarian aid and medical interventions to refugee populations in Greece.
    • Amir Raja ‘18 – to work with 3Dmena to provide STEAM-oriented educational initiatives and other assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan.
    • Samuel Vilchez-Santiago ‘19 – to work with Mi Familia Vota in Central Florida to engage Latino communities in civic participation.
  • Summer 2015 – Nine grants, totaling $26,703
    • Nusrat Ahmed ‘17 – to create “The Sewing Center,” a mentorship, empowerment, and counseling project for Bangladeshi woman and girls living in poverty.
    • Magdalena Collum ‘18 – to work with the Community of  Sant’Egidio to provide food, medical assistance, and other support to the homeless, the terminally ill, migrants and others living in acute at risk circumstance.
    • Patricio Elizondo Cantu ‘16 – to create a counseling and test preparation program for highly-motivated, first-generation students applying to U.S. colleges from Mexico City.
    • Isabella Douglas ‘17 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable drinking water to an isolated community in the Andean mountains of Peru.
    • Catherine Hua ‘17 – to provide assistance and support to migrant workers in China.
    • Brendan Hung ‘17 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable drinking water to an rural community in Kenya.
    • Joshua Rogers ‘16 – to work on a project to create a series of simple, sustainable latrines in an impoverished rural area near Muchebe, Kenya.
    • Sol Taubin ‘16 – to work with the Conservation Law Foundation on issues of socio-environmental Justice.
    • Joshua Umansky-Castro ‘17 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable drinking water to an isolated community in the Andean mountains of Peru.
  • Summer 2014 – Eight grants, totaling $20,031
    • Nusrat Ahmed ’17 – to work in Bangladesh with street youth, in partnership with the NGO “Restless Beings.”
    • Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin ’16 – to work with the Movement Building Policy division of the Drug Policy Alliance in New York City.
    • Asmod Karki ’16 –  to work with migrant workers in Malaysia.
    • Corrie Kavanaugh ’17 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a potable water system project in Peru.
    • Benjamin Liu ’15 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on its clean drinking water project in Sierra Leone.
    • Briana Liu ’15 – to work with SosteNica (the sustainable development fund of Nicaragua) helping 50 rural families to develop sustainable agriculture practices.
    • Sofia Suarez ’16 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a community water project in Kenya.
    • Jacob Tempchin ’14 – to work with YouthBuild USA based in Somerville, Massachuetts on projects regarding formerly incarcerated youth nationally.
  • Summer 2013 – Five grants, totaling $16,100
    • Pelin Asa ’16 – to work with “1000 Shillings” to film and document women artisan businesses in Uganda.
    • Laura Du ’14 – to work with Habitat for Humanity to construct housing for persons in need in Guatemala.
    • Janie Lee ’15  – to work with the Pratham Education Foundation on employment readiness programs for young adults in India.
    • Nihar Madhavan ’15 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to build a potable water system in rural Peru.
    • Flora Massah ’13 – to work with Manurewa Marae to create Maori youth health and development programs in New Zealand.
  • Summer 2012 – Seven grants, totaling $21,550
    • Seth Forsgren ’14 –  to assist A Tu Lado train emergency health workers in Bolivia.
    • Sarah Germain ’13 –  to work with Engineers Without Borders to construct a potable water system in Peru.
    • Justin Harris ’13 – to work at the New York City Legal Aid Society.
    • Katie Horvath ’15 –  to help El Centro Humanitario develop a marketing plan and support the rights of day laborers in the Denver, Colorado area.
    • Ivy Maina ’13 –  to teach women’s health in a rural camp for girls through Seeds to Sew International, Inc. in Kenya.
    • Kevin McKee ’14 –  to help the Global Health Research Foundation develop a Patient Outcomes and Environmental Monitoring System (POEMS) in Bhutan and Nepal.
    • Brian Reed ’15 –  to assist “PITCH: Africa” with a rainwater harvesting project in Kenya.
  • Summer 2011 – Eight grants, totaling $20,518
    • Omoshalewa Bamkole ’11 – to work at the Family Health Center in Monmouth, New Jersey.
    • Jeremy Blair ’13 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a library construction project in Ghana.
    • Seth Forsgren ’14 – to work on an emergency medicine training project in Venezuela.
    • Daniel Gastfriend ‘13 – to work on a rainwater harvesting project in Nigeria.
    • Alexandra Gecker ’12 – to work at the East Harlem School in New York City.
    • Katelyn Gostic ’13 – to work with underprivileged students at the MATCH Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Salmaan Kamal ’13 – to serve as a community health worker in Sierra Leone.
    • David Newill-Smith ’14 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a palm oil processing project in Sierra Leone.
  • Summer 2010 – Five grants, totaling $13,450
    • Kok Hou Chia ‘11 – to assist Fadhili Helpers, a community-based HIV/AIDS relief organization in Nairobi, Kenya.
    • Albert Liao ’12 – to work with Unite for Sight, in Ghana, assisting local optometrists by coordinating the distribution of glasses; educating villagers about proper eye care and how to access the healthcare that is available to them.
    • Henry Rounds ‘11 – to install solar panels for a clinic in Sierra Leone to power modern lab equipment necessary to improve maternal/pre-natal care.
    • Nushelle de Silva ‘11 – to assist with a project to resettle Sri Lankan war refugees back into their villages and develop sustainable infrastructure and economies.
    • Sojung Yi ‘12 – internship in Johannesburg, SA, with organization teaching mothers on HIV/AIDS prevention and developing community wide curriculum in this area.
  • Summer 2009 --Seven grants, totaling $13,450
    • Mohit Agrawal ‘11 – to work with Engineers Without Borders on a library construction project in Ghana.
    • Jesse George-Nichol ‘10 – to teach sports at a school for abandoned children in India.
    • Mathias Esmann ’11 – to assist with an anti-malaria project in Sierra Leone.
    • Lisa Gu ‘12 – to work with at risk youth through “Upward Bound” in Massachusetts.
    • Stephanie Ng ’10 – to work with Unite for Sight in Ghana.
    • Rik Sengupta ‘12 – to help develop a math curriculum for a school in India.
    • Hank Song ‘11 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring potable water to a village in Peru.
  • Summer 2008 – Six grants, totaling $16,000
    • Whitney Chapman – to work at a Head Start program in rural British Columbia.
    • Alissa Escarce ’11 – to work with the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, based in Zacatecas Mexico, to improve conditions of Mexican migrant workers through legal advocacy and education.
    • Francis Grehan ‘10 – to develop a competitive rowing camp for disadvantaged “first people” children in rural British Columbia.
    • Laura Kergosian ‘10 – to assist Manna Project International projects to develop a community health clinic and at a hospital that provides medical care to Quito’s poorest residents.
    • Mariko Nakayama ‘11 –to establish a children’s library in Costa Rica, with literature from around the world to broaden children’s exposure to the world and other opportunities.
    • Carl Owens ‘08 – to provide intensive writing and reading support for first generation college-bound students at a leadership academy in South Africa.
  • Summer 2007 – Five grants, totaling $14,000
    • Vicki Chen ’09 – to work with an organization in India to provide ophthalmology and optometry services to rural poor.
    • Jessica Kwong ’07 – to work in Sierra Leone leading a class of teenagers in reading, discussing, translating and performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
    • Danilo Mandic ’07 –to organize “After Kosovo: A Project for Peace,” a three-month project in Belgrade, Serbia, to bring together students from Kosovo and Serbia to engage in dialogue and to challenge the prevailing air of prejudice, intolerance and misunderstanding.
    • Christopher Simpson ’08 – to work in Kenya with the Nakuru Theater Group using theater to provide AIDS education.
    • Yetta Ziolkowski ’09 – to work in New Orleans with Save the Children on further disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Summer 2006 – Five grants, totaling $11,400
    • Rachel Goldstein ’07 – to work  as an intern for Prison Tails, a program that pairs dogs from animal shelters with inmates from a medium-security prison in Indiana.
    • Wing Chun Eric Hui ’09 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to build and install an irrigation system in Kumudo, a small village in Ethiopia.
    • Andrew Lapetina ’07 – to work with Engineers Without Borders to build and install an irrigation system in Kumudo, a small village in Ethiopia.
    • Scott Lee ’06 – to work at a community health center in rural Kenya developing a strategic plan and training the local staff in policy advocacy and financial and non-profit management.
    • Nicholas Macfarlane ’08 – to work in Eastern Indonesia on a community driven marine sustainability service project.
  • Summer 2005 – Six grants, totaling $12,200
    • Devan Darby ’06 – to work in an infectious disease hospital and clinic in Mumbai, India, under the auspices of Child Family Health International.
    • Caroline English ’08 – to assist the Global Village coordinator at Habitat for Humanity in Tanzania.
    • Joseph Falit ’07 – to interview clients at the Harvard Immunization and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.
    • Maital Friedman ’07 – to work with the Kenya Women Finance Trust providing loans to women to expand existing businesses or underwrite innovative business ideas.
    • YuJung Kim ’06 – to participate in local employment initiatives with the Foundation for Sustainable Development and Espacio Solidario in LaPlata, Argentina.
    • Nathalie Moise ’05 – to teach AIDS awareness and health promotion in Belize as part of the Pro Belize Service Corps NGO Internship Program.
  • Summer 2004 – Five grants, totaling $10,000
    • Suneel Bhat ’06 – to help build a school in Bangane, India.
    • Zahir Kanjee ’06 – to work for the West African AIDS Foundation in Ghana.
    • Katherine Lu ’05 – to work for the Bushikori Christian Center in Uganda at a health clinic and orphans’ program.
    • Andrea Wang ’05 – to teach English in a rural community in Huangdu, China.
    • Grace Zamora ’06 – to teach English in a WorldTeach program in Costa Rica.
  • Summer 2003 – Six grants, totaling $9,000
    • Mallika Ahluwalia ’05 – to teach English, math and science to high school students in India.
    • Cynthia Arocho ’04 – to work with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nicaragua on an after-school program and computer classes for adults.
    • Ana Inés Garcia ’04 – to teach in an Adult Literacy Center, Early Childhood Development Center, English Language School and Computer School in Kajoli, Bangladesh.
    • Jonas Jacobson ’05 – to work with the Public Defender’s Office in Washington, D.C.
    • Zahir Kanjee ’06 – to work on HIV/AIDS education and outreach with The Treatment Action Campaign in Capetown, South Africa.
    • Jana Macaleer ’04 – to work on HIV/AIDS outreach in Mbale, Uganda.
  • Summer 2002 – Four grants, totaling $8,000
    • Matthew Goldberg ’04 – to work with community health workers on street theater projects in Brazil.
    • Vanessa Snowden ’04 – to work with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Puno, Peru on local community development issues.
    • Kerry K. Song ’04 – to work with Global Service Corporation in Tanzania on HIV/AIDs prevention education.
    • Arthur R. Williams ’04 – to work with the Pedro Kouri Health Institute in Havana, Cuba on community health issues.
  • Summer 2001 – Seven grants, totaling $9,000
    • Amy E. Anderson ’01 – to work with nonprofit stuttering/research group, Hollins Communications Research Institute, on software speech program.
    • Catherine Casey ’02 –to work with Learning Bridge Norfolk, a Summerbridge Program in Norfolk, Virginia, teaching French and Spanish to middle school students.
    • Casey (“Rocky”) Craley ’04 – to work in Dominica on malnutrition studies and teaching computer skills to island children.
    • Natalie Deffenbaugh ’02 – to work with the Ghana Education Project as a librarian.
    • Calin Guet ’97 and GS – to revamp the high school curriculum on molecular biology in Sibiu, Romania.
    • Sudhir Nourn Lay ’03 – to work with Global Service in Thailand educating Thai people about HIV/AIDs and working in a public health clinic.
    • Matthew Tanner ’04 –to work in Dominica on malnutrition studies and teaching computer skills to island children.
  • Summer 2000 – Six grants, totaling $10,800
    • Bria Coates ’03 – to work with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Australia on Aboriginal Reconciliation issues.
    • Brooke Jack ’02 – to work on environmental education issues at the Selva Verde Eco-Lodge.
    • Helen Beckler Marrow ’00 –to work on a development project in Five Blues Lake National Park and St. Margaret’s Village, Belize.
    • Jennifer Morton ’02 –to work with the Summerbridge program teaching middle school students in San Francisco, California.
    • Dana A, Satir ’01 – to work with the Summerbridge program teaching middle school students in Raleigh, North Carolina.
    • Benjamin J. West ’01 – to work with the Summerbridge program teaching middle school students in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
  • Summer 1999 – Six grants, totaling $10,780
    • Jen Cannistra ’01 – to work with the Summerbridge program teaching middle school students in San Francisco, California.
    • Laura B. Eichhorn ’02 – to develop a lab science course for deaf high school students attending the Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson, Mississippi.
    • Russell W. Homan ’02 – to teach a SAT preparatory course at Granbury High School in Granbury, Texas.
    • ChaRandle Jordan ’99 – to develop and teach a “Summer Scholars Program” offering instruction in mathematics and writing to rising 10th grade students in Meridian, Mississippi.
    • Jane Liu ’01 –to work with the Lao Family Community Development Program in San Francisco, California.
    • Teresa M. Méndez ’00 –to work with “ College Kids” in San Francisco, CA, an organization that helps children from low-income communities get into college.