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Announcing the 2021 Paul Polak Scholarship

The Late Paul Polak giving a talk. To his right is the words

DSI is excited to announce that we will once again be granting our annual Paul Polak scholarship to an incoming student.

Now in its 7th year, this $10,000 a year scholarship will be awarded to one student in the class of 2023. In light of his passing in 2019, we hope that this award will be one of many ways DSI can help carry on Paul’s honorable legacy. The world knew Paul as a revolutionary of social innovation and a natural-born designer, who worked tirelessly to help move over 22 million people out of poverty and founded major social design organizations such as International Development Enterprises (IDE), Windhorse International, Spring Health, and D-Rev.

Beyond his globally recognized accomplishments, Paul was a beloved friend, mentor, and advisor to our program, and we are confident that our students will continue to reflect on his courageous, innovative spirit as we move forward.

DSI applicants will automatically be considered for the Paul Polak Scholarship only if the application is submitted by January 15, 2021; no separate application is required. 

Interested in learning more? Email dsiinfo@sva.edu to receive an invitation to our “Ask Us Anything” call on Monday, December 21 at 10 am EST, or to schedule a one on one meeting with our Director of Operations, Chessa Cahill. Get started on your application today at dsi.sva.edu/apply!

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