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Straus Historical Society Names 2020 Straus Public Service Scholars

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By Marc Holzer and Mallory Sullivan
April 6, 2020

At the beginning of Public Service Recognition Week, 2020, the Straus Historical Society has announced the third cohort of recipients of its recently established public service scholarship program. Three outstanding scholars were selected from a competitive applicant pool in recognition of their promising careers in public service. Straus Scholars embody the ethic of service over self, made evident by their service experiences and academic pursuits. The skills each develops in their graduate program will help them grow as leaders at the helm of public sector agencies.

The goal of the Straus Historical Society Scholarship Program is to help support the continuing education of students whose professional goals are in the field of public service. The program defines public service as employment in government, the uniformed services, and non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantage persons or to protect the environment.

Caitlyn Flynn, is motivated by the idea of helping others, and public service has been a driving force in her life. A returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Benin, Flynn is a student at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a concentration in gender analysis and human security.

Kristy Kwon, an immigrant from South Korea to the United States, seeks to advance public service through thorough analysis, gain a comprehensive understanding of domestic and international issues and inform careful decision-making. She is completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. (SIPA)

Corey Best is focused on addressing the lack of trust the American people have for their government. A student at the School of International Service at American University, Best is studying International Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance, Politics, and Security.

In addition to the three scholarship recipients, six applicants were named Honorary Straus Scholars.

The Straus Historical Society has as its principal purpose the fostering of educational activities with respect to the settlement of Jews in the United States and, in particular, the family of Lazarus and Sara Straus, their ancestors and their descendants. The Society’s activities are shaped by the Straus Family’s involvement in government, commerce, and philanthropy. Beginning in the 19th Century and continuing into the 20th, members of the family have served in governmental positions at the federal and local levels. For example, family members have served in the House of Representatives, as Ambassadors, and as Presidential Cabinet Members. By virtue of their positions, as well as a consequence of their acting as advisors and confidants to a number of American Presidents, family members have been actively involved in the formulation of American public policy for well over 100 years.


Marc Holzer is distinguished professor at the Institute of Public Service, Suffolk University, Boston. He can be reached at [email protected].

Mallory Sullivan is the Conference & Publications Coordinator at Suffolk University, Boston. She can be reached at [email protected].

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