Summer Scholars Program

In addition to our typical grants, SIPS offers stipends that will help fund students with unpaid summer internships in the social innovation/public service sectors. In our inaugural 2014 Summer Scholars program, SIPS allocated a total of $9000 to seven students.

Summer 2014 Summer Scholars

Adan Gonzalez - Adan interned at the White House, working on initiatives to improve education for minority students. Two years ago he founded the Si Se Puede network to give underprivileged students the tools to become scholars at some of the best universities. He brought the programming he developed at Si Se Puede to the White House, allowing him to have a high degree of agency in his internship as well as a measured social impact. 

Abby Grace - Abby traveled to China to the Yellow River Basin where cotton is produced to collect artifacts, conduct interviews, and visit several landmarks, all the while documenting her trip. She then developed a curriculum and program to teach elementary school students in the Mississippi River Delta, another area of high cotton production, about the Chinese culture and similarities between the two societies.

Noora Mahmassani - Noora interned full-time in DC as an associate with the Central Office of the DC Public Schools system, improving the District’s English as a second language and bilingual programs. After direct observation in the classroom, she helped develop solutions and advocate for reform in early childhood education in the public school system. Her work lies in an area of definite social need, as DC dropout rates highly exceed the national average. 

Elyssa Skeirik - Elyssa volunteered in Amman, Jordan at a refugee camp for Syrians fleeing the civil war. She has begun a modified Girl Scout program in which about 70 girls are currently a part of. She hopes to remain in Jordan this summer to continue the program and develop its activities to fit the environment of the camp. She also plans to train community leaders on how to operate the program in hopes that it will continue after she leaves.

Jasmin Joseph - Jasmin interned with the Social Entrepreneurship Corps this summer in Nicaragua where she traveled to four different cities working with local artisans. At two sites, her role was to consult these artisans on how to produce more efficiently and especially how to market to tourists. At the other two, she trained women in business techniques so that they could sell materials provided by the program, such as cook stoves and solar lamps. 

Adebusola Awosanya - Adebusola traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to research the stigma of mental health among women and how illnesses like depression relate to other illnesses. She interviewed women using a questionnaire she developed and wrote a paper outlining her findings as well as policy recommendations to be published. In a region where one psychiatrist exists for every 500,000 patients, her work has an impact in an area with high social need.