J. W. Saxe Memorial Fund

  • DC


1524 31st St., NW
United States

About Us

The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund was established by friends and family of Jo W. Saxe, who believed deeply in the need for persons of integrity to serve their countries and communities through public service. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford, he spent his career in public service. At his death in 1982 at age 57, he was chief of the international finance division of the World Bank.

Since its founding in 1984, the Fund has made awards to some 200 individuals. Awards are financed by contributions of individuals. All contributions since the Fund's inception have been used solely for prizes, none for overhead or administration. Expenses of the Fund are borne by volunteer members of the Board of Directors, who are the Fund's only staff and whose homes are its only offices.

Annually, the J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund provides awards of $2,000 to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job during a summer or other term. Preference is given to applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.

Applicants should send a resume together with an essay describing short- and long-term goals, including an indication of the need for funds. Applicants need also to include, or arrange for the Fund to receive by the deadline, three letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member.

Deadline to apply: March 15. Winners notified by May 1.