The Global Service Scholars is a flagship program offering UC undergraduate students an experiential education to gain in-depth knowledge about compassion and service.

From 2017-2021, Global Service Scholars functioned as a program that prepared students for real work in philanthropy and community service through academic coursework focusing on sustainability, poverty alleviation, and justice. Scholars, including many minority and first generation college students, gained an educational foundation through specialized coursework and applied those lessons during immersive service-learning experiences.

As we forecast for the future, the 2021-2022 Global Service Scholars will be taking the year to revise and update the curriculum and improve the scalability and flexibility of the program. While we will not be proceeding with a student cohort in 2021-2022, we remain committed to the core values of this program and to promoting educational and community engagement opportunities.

Past Partners & Sites

To Our Amazing Funders & Partners:

We are truly inspired by the work that you do and are proud of the community we have built together. Thanks to your guidance and support, our students have emerged from this program as leaders dedicated to change the world.
We will update you regarding program plans and look forward to your future endeavors.

Previous Cohorts


The 2017 Cohort visited partner sites in Ghana, Peru, and Thailand.


Global Service Scholars
Allison Anaya
Denise Delgado
Diane Delgado
Gissel Enriquez
Dania Felix
Kimberly Haagenson
Iman Hanif
Alexis Lewis
Cecilia Mora
Lydia Natoolo
Valerie Nguyen
Erika Pfeiffer
Alexina Pilo
Centeera Plummer
Karla Sanchez Camacho
James Santillana
Irine Sin
Asal Yunusova
Veronica Zamora

The 2018 Cohort visited partner sites in Cambodia, Nepal, and Paraguay.

Global Service Scholars
Anissa Balderas
Sergio Cervantes
Kimberly Corona
Lindsay Fawcett
Susie Garcia
Nicolas Guitierrez
Qanita Jaleel
Jonathan Lee
Cynthia Lopez
Aditi Mayer
Hanna Mirshojae
Lara Nguyen
Jacob Ortiz
Mariela Padilla
Josary Perez
Alexis Rodriguez
Kayli Savage
Jordan Stead
Lesley Vallecillos
Lazaro Vargas
Michelle Wan

The 2019 Cohort visited partner sites in Nepal, Paraguay, and South Africa.

Global Service Scholars
Edith Avila
Emily Cadena
Samentha Carpio
Hy Duong
Krisha Lantin
Isabelle Lee
Helay Liang
Daisy Licon
Jazzmyn Luna
Uyen Mai
Ashly Mendoza
Evelyn Mendoza
Camille Morfin
Isabella Mudge
Christy Muok
Valentine Narksuwan
Daniel Palafox
Erica Reyes

Nancy Rivas
Ana Ruvalcaba
Miah Sabas
Jocelyn Sanchez
Ava Shakib- Cocks
Janet Song
Celine Ton
Nia Wyman
Vanessa Yang


Filmmakers, Mentors and Graduate Fellows
Corey Nguyen – DigiFilm Student Filmmaker
Nancy Nguyen – DigiFilm Student Filmmaker
Ryan Wang – DigiFilm Student Filmmaker
Ace Anaya – GSS Mentor
Edith Medina Huarita – Graduate Fellow
Mutsumi Ogaki – Graduate Fellow
Maureen Purcell  – Graduate Fellow


The 2021 Cohort completed virtual internships with partner sites in Paraguay and South Africa, as well as with Compassion U, a program designed for students to create materials fostering empathy and compassion in Irvine, CA.

Global Service Scholars
Christina Acevedo
Miracle Barceleau
Kathie Chang
Maureen Chavez
Kelsey Cruz
Jan Paolo De La Cruz
Emma Erskine
Nervana Fadle
Citlalli Franco
Jerelyn Garcia Juarez
Nicole Guerrero Andia
Amy Hernandez
Chico Hill
Zichen “Cardiff” Jiang
Elissa Kim
Sorina Long
Trelysa Long

Genesis Medina
Armando Miranda
Bonnie Nguyen
Nina Nguyen
Angelene Obedoza
Alejandra Ochoa
Allen Perez
Gisselle Rodriguez Ramirez
Kristi Ryono
Liseth Salguero
Quinn Schroeder
Teresa Trujillo-Camacho


Graduate Fellows
Andrew Hallak
Elena Slominski
Sarah Stevens


“This experience has left me with far more than I had to offer in turn. As a person it has impressed on me the desire to be a sincere individual, to be extremely hardworking and diligent, and to exhibit qualities that are constantly patient and kind. I have been left with role models that I am privileged to have known, and who I can only aspire to frame my life goals after.”

Kayli Savage, 2018 Cambodia Scholar

“With the traveling experience I was able to receive from the Global Service Scholars Program, I have realized that I want to devote my time to helping others not only in my community, but around different regions. I want to see what is out in the world and travel to help improve the world.”

Edith Avila, 2019 Paraguay Scholar

The Future of Global Service Scholars

As we focus on restructuring Global Service Scholars, we will not be proceeding with a 2021-2022 student cohort. This pause allows our team to improve the program’s flexibility and scalability, and build even more impactful program offerings in the future.

We will be keeping our social media accounts and our newsletters active over the course of this year with updates regarding the 2022-2023 Global Service Scholars program.