ReachOut in the News
March 23, 2022
Princeton senior Emily Sánchez has been awarded a fellowship from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that supports year-long public service projects after graduation. Sánchez will develop a podcast series on the history of Latino communities across New Jersey. Read more...
September 29, 2021
Princeton ReachOut 56-81-06, a public service nonprofit spanning three generations of Princeton alumni, announces the creation of its newest annual fellowship – the “ReachOut Herbert C. Paschen, Jr. ’56 Fellowship” – for two-person teams of graduating Princeton seniors starting in 2023.
As it has for the past two decades, ReachOut will continue to award two other fellowships annually – the ReachOut Domestic Fellowship and the 1956 ReachOut International Fellowship – to highly-qualified graduating Princetonians who develop socially impactful year-long projects. Due to the Covid pandemic, ReachOut suspended its fellowships for the past year, but this fall has re-opened applications to both graduating seniors in the class of 2022 and class of 2021 alumni who missed the opportunity to apply during their senior year.
In 2020, ReachOut received a substantial gift from the charitable remainder trust of Herbert C. Paschen, Jr. ’56 to enhance and expand ReachOut’s post-graduate fellowships. At its September 21 meeting, the ReachOut Board of Trustees approved the terms of the new ReachOut Herbert C. Paschen, Jr. ’56 Fellowship, including the requirement of two-person applicant teams (which we refer to as “Paschen Pairs”). Individual fellowships will still be available to Princeton graduates performing challenging public interest projects in the U.S. or abroad through our two traditional fellowships.
The combined annual stipend for each Paschen Pair will be $60,000, and the first Paschen Fellowship will be awarded to 2023 graduates.
“We expect this to result in our sponsoring some exciting projects that couldn’t be handled by a single Fellow,” said Jim Freund ‘56, co-chair of ReachOut’s Fellowship Committee. “Two of the most challenging international fellowships we’ve awarded in past years went to two-person teams that operated successfully under difficult circumstances in Sierra Leone and the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. We feel that a number of vital domestic projects are also better suited to a team effort than to one individual.”
ReachOut Co-President Marty Johnson ’81 noted, “Most social entrepreneurs and changemakers work best in team settings. We’re excited to offer life-changing opportunities to graduates, and talent and energy to important organizations.”
December 1, 2020
ReachOut 56-81-06 announces a recent major gift from a member of the class of 1956, Herbert C. Paschen, Jr. The late donor has directed part of a charitable remainder trust directly to ReachOut to enhance the awarding of its public service fellowships to graduating seniors.
Marty Johnson ’81 and Jon Wonnell ‘81, Co-Chairmen of ReachOut, said. "We are excited and honored to receive this significant unexpected gift from Herb Paschen '56. This is a great example of a thoughtful bequest transforming a small, entrepreneurial volunteer-driven non-profit. We look forward to stewarding the resources thoughtfully – with impact."
Jim Freund ’56, co-chair of ReachOut’s Fellowship Committee, said: “On the eve of celebrating our 65th alumni reunion, we’re very pleased that years ago our classmate Herb Paschen demonstrated such supportive confidence in ReachOut’s continuing mission of awarding public interest fellowships to deserving Princeton graduates.”