Harvard University has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus Eric Mindich ('88) and his wife, Stacey, to endow two programs that support student participation in public service.
A portion of the gift will be used to create the Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship, which will provide the infrastructure needed to link public service activities to the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring that fourteen new courses with public service components are developed — two per year for the next seven years — and that both academic rigor and quality service are achieved. Courses will incorporate activities that enable students to make connections between their intellectual interests and their commitment to service, as well as reflect on ways that academic learning can help address community needs and social issues.
The gift also will endow the Mindich Service Fellows Program, which will provide up to seventy-five undergraduates with financial support for extracurricular summer work in public service organizations.
"My time at Harvard was transformative, both what I learned in the classroom and what I experienced outside of it," said Eric Mindich, the founder and CEO of Eton Park Capital Management. "This innovative program will allow future generations of exceptionally talented and passionate undergraduates to pursue their natural interest in public service, enrich their own experiences, and engage with and benefit the world around them."