Harvard University has announced a $12.1 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to the Phillips Brooks House Association in support of students with financial need who are engaged in year-round service.
To be distributed over fifteen years, the funds will establish the Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program and support its efforts to eliminate financial barriers for forty low-income students annually so they are able to participate in service leadership programs at the same level as their more financially secure peers. Among other things, the program, formerly known as the Stride Rite program, will continue to offer three postgraduate fellowships every year for seniors committed to a lifetime of service while also ensuring their access to skills development, mentorship, and peer community learning opportunities.
In addition, the grant will support the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Award, which will underwrite the summer earnings contribution for students on financial aid who participate in immersive summer service experiences sponsored by PBHA, the Center for Public Interest Careers, and the Institute of Politics.
While attending Harvard College, Chan ('07) was part of student-run PBHA, which made it possible for her to pursue her passion for service through the Franklin Afterschool Enrichment program. "The opportunity to work with the kids of Franklin Hill inspired me to pursue a career dedicated to serving children and families as a pediatrician and educator," said Chan. "So many students hope to give back to the communities that helped shape them, but for many, financial considerations are a real challenge. It's my hope that, through this grant, a more diverse generation of public service leaders will have the same opportunity that PBHA gave me."