Joelle Rosser, a student at the University of California at San Diego, has received $10,000 from the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation to establish a partnership between Tanzanian middle school students and students at Westchester Lutheran Middle School.
Rosser’s scholarship will fund the public service project, which involves a series of seminars, a Cultural festival, pen pal exchange, book drive, and teacher exchange.
The project starts at West-chester Lutheran and will subsequently expand to other interested middle schools in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
Rosser hopes to “foster cultural understanding on both sides of the world, facilitate English language studies and augment scarce resources in Tanzania.”
Scholarships were awarded to at least 14 California college juniors this year.
Donald A. Strauss had a lifelong commitment to public serv-ice and education, reflected in his ten years on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education and 12 years on the Newport Beach City Council, according to a foundation spokesman.
He died in 1995 at age 79. His widow, Dorothy M.R. Strauss, established the foundation in 1997 before passing away later that year.