About the Program

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Judith Lee Stronach

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives motivated students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a special project after their graduation. Winning projects are creative in the broadest sense, explore themes of significant interest to holders of the Prize, and strive to further understanding of what constitutes humane and effective participation in our worldwide community.

The Prize celebrates the life achievements of Judith Lee Stronach (1943-2002), who as a patron of the arts and education devoted enormous time and energy to numerous charitable organizations. Judith Lee Stronach brought her academic training in art history to her work as a journalist for Amnesty International and her experience as a teacher of poetry to her work at several East Bay schools and centers. She worked tirelessly for human rights both internationally on behalf of Guatemalans and Bosnian children, and locally on behalf of women, girls and the homeless. As a board member of Berkeley’s River of Words project, she helped children throughout the United States learn about watershed stewardship and self-expression through poetry and art. Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate, UC Berkeley professor of English, and her friend and teacher, has recognized her “passionate love of poetry” and “missionary zeal to bring it into the lives of others.” The Prize commemorates Judith Lee Stronach’s lifelong commitment to intellectual and creative growth, and her mission to effect social change through the arts.

Eligibility

The Prize is open to Berkeley graduates in any area of study who are awarded an undergraduate degree in the Fall of the year before or the Spring or Summer of the year in which the Prize is awarded. Proposals for public service, creative, or community-based research projects that engage social issues are welcome. Prize funds cannot be used to support graduate study and recipients cannot be enrolled students during the tenure of the award.

Selection

Applications are assessed on the basis of the project's significance, creativity, and feasibility, as well as the applicant's academic record and other experience, especially as they are relevant to the project proposal. Supporting materials such as budget, sample of work, and letters of recommendation are also taken into consideration. Prize winners are selected by a committee of distinguished faculty and other prominent community members.

Prize Winners

Prize recipients may be awarded as much as $25,000. The Prize is intended to cover project costs, materials, and living expenses for a period of up to one year. 

Application

To apply for the Stronach Baccalaureate Prize you will need to submit a proposal, budget, transcripts, and sample of your work.  A complete application file must also include two or more letters of recommendation, including a recommendation from a project mentor. Carefully review the application instructions.

Please direct all inquires about the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize to stronachbaccprize@berkeley.edu.

Program Information

Application Deadline

 Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Info Sessions

  •  Friday, October 17, 2014, 10-11am
  •  Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11am-noon
  •  Friday, November 21, 2014, 11am-noon
  •  Thursday, December 11, 2014, 4-5 pm
  •  Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3-4 pm
  •  Tuesday, January 27, 10-11 am
  •  Friday, February 6, 2015, 1-2 pm

If you would like to sign up for an appointment with the program advisor, please email stronachbaccprize@berkeley.edu

Meet Our Stronach Prize Winners

Pablo Seward (2014)

Project: Project: "Umanga Tupuna": A Communal Intervention in Contemporary Rapanui History

"Umanga Tupuna" ("Food-Work With Ancestors") consists of the re-conceptualization of Easter Island (Chile), a Polynesian island in the South Pacific Ocean, as the complex performance space it used to be prior to colonial dispossession in the 19th century. The first stage of the project will be to gather oral historians, and to enlist and re-inhabit key places on the island with unresolved histories. Inhabitation for Rapanui people consists of making offerings to emplaced ancestors, who then reciprocally share thoughts, dreams, and stories of the place. The second stage of the project will be to collaboratively make illustrated fictionalized accounts of these experiences. The third stage will be to organize free trips around the island for Rapanui children, as well as workshops... Read More