History and Mission | About the Founders | Board of Directors | Fellows' Projects

In 1972, to honor the memory and life work of the founders, the idea took shape of creating a special program named "STAR" (Seeds of Toni and Albert Roothbert). The Fund Board decided that in addition to its Scholarships Program, it would introduce a modest Fellows' Projects Program. Roothbert Fellows no longer on grant would be eligible to apply to the Fund for seed money in the form of small grants for individual or group projects taking place within the United States that are consonant with the aims of the founders. Fundamentally, the Fellows Projects Program aims to pay for full or partial costs of:

• Educational or service projects conducted by Fellows for the benefit of others in ways that either extend or fulfill the vocational commitments developed while these Fellows were on stipend, or otherwise embody a continuing expression of Fellows' commitment to the purposes of the Fund, or

• Activities intended to increase Fellows' spiritual awareness or commitment, or to increase their knowledge, skill and other capabilities in ways that fulfill the Fund's purposes.

Examples of Fellows' Projects Grants
Since the program's inception, the Fund has awarded over 40 grants. Examples include the following:

• Training for a group of Roothbert Fellows involved in family counseling at Project Basement, Upper Manhattan

• Funding a van servicing street people in the name of the Highbridge Community Life Center, South Bronx

• Program for prisoners in areas of mental health, poetry, leadership at Graterford Correction Center, Pennsylvania

• Establishment of an interfaith institute for clergywomen in rural Massachusetts

• Seminar for 30 inner-city youths on "Youth Leadership in a Multicultural World," in New York

• Project on peace-making in Jerusalem

• A one-day activity-based mathematics workshop for parents and their children, in Maryland

• Establishment of a library for the College-Bound program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York

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