The William E. Simon Fellowship is designed to encourage students as they complete their undergraduate education to pursue lives that will benefit themselves and their fellow men and women–that is, lives of "noble purpose." The Fellowship is an unrestricted cash grant that will be awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society.
Each year ISI will award three Fellowships for Noble Purpose. The top award will be for $40,000. Two additional fellows will be chosen each year to receive grants of $5,000 each. Over the coming five years, ISI will award $250,000 to graduating college seniors who are named Simon Fellows. Examples of how recipients may use their award include: engage directly in the civic life of their community; help to create opportunity for others, including job creation; advance their expertise; and/or fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.
In addition to their mature conception of and passion for what they hope to accomplish, nominees for the prize will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record and extracurricular activities. The deadline for applications is in early February. For more information and an application, visit www.isi.org/programs/fellowships/simon.html.