For more half a century, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has focused on empowering young applied scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate in their doctoral research. The Hertz Foundation has provided the nation’s most generous PhD fellowships to more 1100 gifted young men and women. The highly competitive selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews by recognized leaders in applied science and engineering. In addition to supporting the Fellows in their graduate education, the Foundation provides unique seminars, workshops and symposia that take place away from their campus environments. These gatherings expose the in-school Fellow to national leaders and researchers, many of whom are alumni Fellows of the Foundation. More information about the Hertz Foundation can be found at www.hertzfoundation.org.