2018 Seed Grant Recipient
Kathy Xin Qian (2009, OH)

Code for Democracy is a civic technology lab focused on detecting and countering malicious information campaigns. Seed Grant funds will support cloud computing costs which would enable the organization to create a working version of their technology within the next year.

The committee felt that all of the applications represented interesting and worthwhile projects. Unfortunately we were not able to support more than one grantee in 2018. However, we believe in our community of Scholars and we hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about their organizations and give them your support.

To help support our Seed Grant Program and enable us to fund more grantees in future years, please make a donation here. To support the other great Scholar led organizations that applied for grant funding, please follow the links below to learn more about their project and support them directly.



Grace Hu (2017, NY) and Paige Brown (2016, ME)
Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSI)
The Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSI), has developed a high altitude balloon that autonomously regulates its altitude using a valve and ballast system (known as ValBal). SSI plans to use the ValBals to collect data during hurricanes and other natural disasters to help improve emergency response and save lives.

Michael Angel Mireles Jr. (2017, TX)
South Texas Ideas (STXi)
South Texas Ideas is a youth-led and youth-curated festival for students in the Rio Grande Valley.

Perry Tsai (2003, LA) and Carol Shih (2005, LA)
Med Out the Vote
Med Out the Vote is a national non-partisan initiative by the American Medical Student Association in partnership with Citizen Physicians. This campaign seeks to increase voter engagement among the entire health professional student and provider community.

Andrew Cook (2000, MD)
Made in Baltimore
Made in Baltimore, works to grow small manufacturing jobs in Baltimore.

Karen Ho (1988, UT)
Hopeful Science
Hopeful Science aims to empower special needs children and their families by offering testing, state of the art support, and medical care.

Julian Guy (2012, NY)
eLibrary
eLibrary is an educational project that seeks to address the access gap to quality education by providing resources to teachers and students on a flash drive.