The Haas Awards

The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award

Call for Nominations

As an integral part of our mission to serve the public good, we strive to educate our students not just to excel, but also to engage in service to their community. This award recognizes the Berkeley alumnus who has performed an extraordinary act of service that has left an indelible mark on the communities it touched. The past recipients of this award are those who have expanded the boundaries of commitment to the public good and exemplify the highest ideals of UC Berkeley.

The Haas Public Service Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in four major areas—community service (including social service), health care, the environment, and education. Special consideration is given to activity at the grassroots level, as it best illustrates the broad impact that a single individual can have by inspiring creative social change across communities.

The Haas Public Service Award winner receives a cash prize of $20,000, an engraved medallion, and an additional prize of $20,000 to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. The presentation will be made on the 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 required, and a list of three references should be submitted with the nomination letter and form.

As an institution committed to the public good, UC Berkeley believes that all individuals active in public service deserve our gratitude and praise. Please help us honor them by giving thoughtful consideration to making a nomination for this important campus award.


Nicholas B. Dirks

Nomination Instructions

The next call for nominations is being determined. Please check this website in late fall for further details.

Please submit a nomination form (downloadable PDF will be made available) with a letter providing specific examples of the nominee’s contributions as a volunteer at the grassroots level. Make sure to describe the nominee’s leadership capabilities and provide examples of how he or she has made an impact on society through creative social change.

Supporting documents, such as additional letters of endorsement, a curriculum vitae, news articles, organization newsletters, brochures, or other publications are welcome and encouraged.

Please note: The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award is intended to recognize voluntary service. Anyone nominated for work that is directly connected to his or her livelihood or place of employment will not be considered.

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