The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award was established by Mrs. Peter E. Haas on the occasion of the 80th birthday of her husband. Its purpose is to recognize an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, who has made a significant voluntary public contribution to the betterment of society, particularly at the community level, within the boundaries of the United States of America. One of the most prestigious honors conferred by the Berkeley campus, this award is a counterpart to the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, which recognizes work by distinguished Berkeley alumni overseas.
The Haas Public Service Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in four major areas — community service (including social service), health care, environmental work, and education. Special consideration is given to activity at the grassroots level, for such activity best illustrates the impact that an individual can have on society through creative social change.
The Haas Public Service Award includes a cash prize of $20,000, an additional prize of $20,000 to be donated to a charity of the recipient’s choice, and an engraved medallion. The presentation will be made at the University of California, Berkeley, campus. During the campus visit, the recipient will be asked to meet with UC Berkeley students and faculty to discuss public service.
All UC Berkeley alumni (defined as having attended the campus for a minimum of two semesters or three quarters) who reside in the United States are eligible for nomination for the Haas Public Service Award. Nominations should outline the voluntary contributions made by the nominee to his or her community in one of the four fields listed above. Particular attention should be given to public service work at the grassroots level. Supporting letters of endorsement are encouraged, and a list of three references should be submitted with the nomination letter and form. Nomination packets should be submitted by October 28, 2011.