Why the Revson Foundation Wants to Nurture the Next Generation of Public Servants

While most of us have barely flipped our calendars for the new year, the Charles H. Revson Foundation is already showing its support for civil service projects in New York. This local foundation takes a unique approach to education funding by going beyond the school systems and looking to libraries, publications, and civil service to educate the people of New York. (Read: Revson Foundation: New York City Grants).

The foundation recently announced a $200,000 2-year grant to Macaulay Honors College in New York City. This grant money will support fellowship stipends for 26 Lisa Goldberg/Revson Scholars at the school who plan to pursue careers in public policy and civic service. The emphasis of this project is on civil service to the city of New York and securing the next generation of public servants.

Lisa Goldberg was the President of the Revson Foundation until her death in 2007. At the age of 54, Goldberg, who had worked for the foundation since 1982, suffered from a fatal brain aneurysm. Because she cared so deeply about creating career opportunities for young people in public service, the foundation created this scholars program in her honor. Recipients can apply the funds to independent research, internships, conferences, volunteering programs, and even fees for standardized tests and graduate school applications.

Macaulay was established by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in 2001 to creative a competitive, global environment for New York's most academically gifted students. It's not uncommon to see Macualay students winning prestigious awards like the Rhodes Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the Fullbright Fellowship.

Revson's 2013 grantmaking portfolio for education in New York revolved around New York City public libraries, Master's classes for teachers, and news literacy. But Macaulay Honors College always tops the list. Last year, Revson also supported Macaulay's internship program offerings and career development program, in addition to the ongoing Goldberg fellowship strategy.