Title: The Gem Project Fellow Award
Deadline: September 25, 2022
Amount: (3): $1,000.00 Awards  and (1)$250.00 Honorable Mentions.
Total:  $3250                                                                       

Available: (4)

GPA Requirement: None. It will be collected but will be masked from our selection committee.

Submission Method: Audio, Video or Essay Format.

ABOUT AWARD: On the forefront of social change, The Gem Project awards candidates who are passionate about public service, social justice and equity. Preference is given to those who have plans to continue service beyond graduation working in (but not limited) to fields like social work, public service, education, youth development, and criminal justice.

Our Mission: To improve high school to college student engagement and graduation rates, through youth organizing and the initiation of service-learning initiatives, which take on social justice approach.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a current high school junior, senior, college student or recent graduate. Recent graduate is defined as graduated within 1 year of college.  Applicants must reside within the United States of America. While it is not required that you’re a current fellow, one out of 3 award recipients will be chosen from the most recent fellowship cohort, as of year 2021.


Past Recipient (s): Year Submission/Profile
Mekhi Addison 2021 North Star Academy Lincoln Park High School, attending Louisiana State University ’25, Fall 2021
Kynise Dixon 2021 Wardlaw-Hartridge School,attending Delaware State University ’25, Fall 2021
Daniela Palacios 2021 Science Park High School ’22
Reneé Onque 2021 Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY ‘21 (Honorable Mention)
Yasmine Boto 2020 New York Law School (1L) – First Year
Ishva Mehta 2020 West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North (current senior)
Kaci Xie 2020 Alpharetta High School (senior), attending Yale University, Fall 2020
Ayoko Kessougani 2019 American History High School (Junior)
Update: Attending Rutgers Business School and HLLC
Andrea Samaniego 2019 Technology High School, attending: Rutgers Business School, Fall 2019
Asada Rashidi 2018 Bard High School Early College, attending Spelman College, Fall 2018