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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 25, 2018

STRAUSS FOUNDATION AWARDS CASSIDY PYLE $15,000 PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP TO CARRY OUT PROJECT IN HER SENIOR YEAR

The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation, established as a memorial to the
late Don Strauss of Newport Beach and now designed to award $15,000 scholarships to as many as 15
California college sophomores and juniors annually, has announced that among the foundation’s new
group of recipients is University of California, Santa Barbara student Cassidy Pyle.
The Strauss scholarships fund public-service projects that the students have proposed and will
carry out during their junior or senior year. Pyle, who hails from Sacramento, California, will research,
plan, implement and evaluate a series of workshops geared toward college preparation for a diverse
body of high school students and will work toward the creation of a long-term plan to increase access to
higher education preparation in South Sacramento, California.
Don Strauss demonstrated a strong, life-long commitment to public service and education,
reflected by his serving 10 years on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board, and 12 years on
the Newport Beach City Council, including one as mayor.
He also founded summer internships in Washington, D.C., for students at Cornell University,
Stanford University, the University of Rhode Island, the California Institute of Technology and Harvey
Mudd College, and he endowed scholarships at Stanford, U.C. Irvine and Harvey Mudd. He died in 1995
at the age of 79.
Strauss’ widow, Dorothy M.R. Strauss, established the foundation in January of 1997 as a
“tribute to the vision, ideals and leadership of Donald A. Strauss.” In its first year, the foundation board
invited 10 universities to nominate up to three students each for Strauss scholarships, with the board
making the final selection of the 10 winners. (Dorothy Strauss saw her vision for the Foundation
realized—she phoned each of the 10 first-year winners to notify them personally—before she passed
away in October of 1997 at the age of 83.)
The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
4931 Birch Street, Suite 2, Newport Beach, California 92660 (949)955-1930 Fax (949)833-
9053
Email: admin@straussfoundation.org Website: www.straussfoundation.org

Contact

CONTACT: Cassidy Pyle (916) 753-4711 cassidypyle@umail.ucsb.edu
Duncan Strauss (714) 321-2114 duncanstrauss@aol.com
www.straussfoundation.org

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