Senior Lonnie Hackett is one of two winners of this year’s Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. The $15,000 prize is given every year to two or three graduating college seniors from across the country to pursue a year of public service anywhere in the world.
Hackett will use the funding to build up a nonprofit healthcare organization in Zambia he founded two years ago. Healthy Kids/Brighter Future provides free medical treatment to children living in the squatter settlements around Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city.
Earlier this semester, Hackett received a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Award. He is also a Truman scholar, which provides a $30,000 grant for graduate studies. Hackett plans to spend a couple of years growing Healthy Kids/Brighter Future’s capacity to treat more children before he attends medical school.
To raise money to buy medical supplies, pay his team of healthcare providers and invest in health education, Hackett is organizing a 5k charity run May 11 at Bowdoin.