Meg Walsh Award

Meg Walsh, BA ’84, was a dedicated alumna, passionate explorer of the world, and, as treasurer and vice president of Lucent Technologies, a true leader in the global community. This award, established in her memory by her family, classmates, and the Second Decade Society, will provide opportunities to develop the qualities of independent intellectual inquiry, global perspective, and the leadership that Meg Walsh exemplified.

The Second Decade Society/Florence “Meg” Long Walsh Leadership Award provides a graduating senior from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with $32,000 to undertake an independent project of his or her own unique design involving international travel. The award affords the opportunity for a promising Hopkins graduate to focus on an independent project that explores the student’s own interests and abilities, test his or her knowledge and assumptions in a broader international context, and develop leadership skills. Projects may be in any area, including public service, creative or artistic, research—whatever the applicant desires. The project may not, however, include extended study at a foreign university.

Video: The Meg Walsh Award Information Session held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

To Apply:

Fill out the FY19 Meg Walsh Award Application and FY19 Walsh Award Budget Template.

Applications and all additional materials are due by noon on Monday December 3, 2018.


For more information about the Meg Walsh Award, please contact Rebecca Feldman, Assistant Director for Volunteer Leadership: or 410-516-8981.

Past Walsh Award Winners

2015: Brittany Thomas

Brittany Thomas ’15 is using the 2015 Meg Walsh Award in Minas Gerais, Brazil, to study and promote female sanitation worker awareness through portraiture and, ultimately, create a film documentary on the subject.  Brittany will work with and study the Gender and Waste Project (GWP), an organization dedicated to assisting sanitation workers with a gender-conscious lense, under the umbrella of sanitation in academia, NGOs and in government.

Read Brittany’s Proposal

2014: Charlotte James

Charlotte James ’14 used the 2014 Meg Walsh Award to start a street paper in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Defined as a paper produced and sold by the homeless and previously homeless, street papers provide much needed dignified employment to the world’s most invisible population. This model has been promulgated in 41 countries, is printed in 24 languages, and employs over 14,000 homeless vendors worldwide.

Read Charlotte’s proposal

2013: Mohamed Hamouda

Mohamed Hamouda ’13 used the 2013 Walsh Award to travel to Jordan, where he will work with SOS Children’s Villages to establish a peer-led, and ultimately self-sustaining, soccer coaching program to support children within the SOS village/youth facilities.

Read Mohamed’s proposal

2012: Mark Brennan

Mark Brennan ’12 used the 2012 Walsh Award to travel to Senegal, where he investigated the relationship between fossil fuel consumption and food security.

2011: Ashley White

Background: Ashley was a public health studies major, senior leadership consultant, and peer health adviser.

Walsh Project: Collaborate with the Pacific Regional STI working group on the Cook Islands to engage in peer health outreach efforts.

Read Ashley’s proposal

2010: Rashmi Basapur

Background: Rashmi, a public health studies major, was a member of the Hindu Students Council and organized JHU’s annual Diwali festival. She was also a member of both the Shakti and Raas dance teams.

Walsh Project: Partner with the Shanti Bhavan School in India to teach Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance, to young girls of the Dalit, or untouchable, caste.

Read Rashmi’s proposal

Read more about Rashmi in the JHU press.

2009: Derek Nnuro

Background: Derek was a public health studies major and Writing Seminars minor. He was a contributing writer for The Newsletter, an Azrael Fellow, recipient of the JHU Arts Grant, and a Hodson Success Scholar.

Walsh Project: Travel to Ghana and research the funerary rituals of indigenous Ghanaians that will serve as the basis for a piece of literary fiction.

Read Derek’s proposal

2008: Rishi Mediratta

Background: Rishi was a public health studies major. He served as editor-in-chief of Epidemic Proportions, the JHU undergraduate public health research journal, and volunteered with HERU, Hopkins Emergency Response Unit.

Walsh Project: Collaborate with researchers at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, to research preventive measures for childhood infectious diseases.

Read Rishi’s proposal

2007: Brittany Lin

Background: Brittany, a psychology major and business minor, was an active volunteer on the Homewood campus. She participated in Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honor society; Students Taking a New Direction; and HERU, Hopkins Emergency Response Unit.

Walsh Project: Work as an assistant in the Starfish orphanage for girls in China’s Shaanxi province.

Read Brittany’s proposal

Read more about Brittany in the JHU press.