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Daniel Raymond Wong Memorial Fellowship

Daniel Wong in front of Hoover Tower
Daniel at the Public Policy Program Commencement Ceremony in June 2013.


As many of you may know, a small group of faculty and alumni worked tirelessly to establish a fund in memory of Daniel Raymond Wong (Class of 2013), who died shortly after graduating with a degree in Public Policy. Daniel passed away just before the holidays in 2013 of what was initially suspected to be viral encephalitis; he was just 22. Under the direction of the Program in Public Policy, the funds raised in Daniel's memory will support summer fellowships for students who demonstrate his spirit and who share in his passion for public service.

In early 2016, with generous help from you and our entire community, we reached our goal of $100,000! This means that the fund is now endowed and a portion of the fund can be used to support a student's summer internship; however, this does not mean we no longer need your support! We still need donations to the fund in order to fund more students engaged in meaningful summer work that would otherwise go unpaid.  If you would like to donate to Public Policy and see tangible results, this is the perfect way to give! To read about the students this fellowship has been able to fund since the summer of 2016, please visit the "Featured Fellowships" portion of our News section.

To read a moving essay featured in a Statnews piece that ran in late-2016 by Nora Wong, Daniel's mother, about the rare condition that took Daniel's life, please visit this site. And to read another piece written by Nora Wong that ran in the New York Times on December 2nd, 2016, please click here.

In choosing recipients of the fellowships, the Program in Public Policy places an emphasis on selecting students who demonstrate some or all of the following interests and characteristics associated with Daniel Wong himself: a declared major in economics or public policy, who has shown an interest in the study of education or health care issues, who has secured a position at a nonprofit or public service organization, and who will be located in the Washington, D.C. area. For the summer of 2020, the internship must also be structured in a remote format and opportunities involving international, domestic and local travel cannot be considered due to updated policies related to the COVID-19 crisis. More information about the fellowship and the application can be found here. The final application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 8, 2020.

Even though we've endowed the fund, we still need your support! Donations can be made in two ways:

  1. By check, made out to: Stanford University—Daniel Raymond Wong Memorial Fellowship Fund. Please mail to Public Policy Program, 616 Jane Stanford Way, Encina Hall West, Office #100 Stanford, CA 94305-6050.
  2. Online at
  •    Click on the upper right button at ‘Make a Gift.’
  •    Use the following drop down choices: 'Centers, Institutes, and More’ in the first box and ‘Other Designation (specify below)’ in the second.
  •    Type ‘Daniel Raymond Wong Memorial Fellowship Fund’ in the 'Special Instructions/Other Designation' box.
  •    Under Gift Type, choose ‘One-Time Gift’ and enter the amount you wish to donate.
  •    Do not check any boxes under ‘Options.’
  •    Sign in as a guest (or with your Stanford Development account if you have one) and enter the information requested on the following page. Please do check if your employer will match your gift.

Language from Stanford Development regarding the fund, as well as a letter from Daniel’s parents, Raymond and Nora Wong, indicating their intent and support of this effort can be found here.