The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs is launching the first-ever Franko-Maisel Prize for Public Policy to recognize an outstanding Colby senior who has demonstrated a commitment to public affairs and who plans to pursue a career in public affairs upon graduation.

The prize, which will be up to $5,000 as a cash award, will be determined by the Center’s Executive Director and a committee of faculty who have been engaged in public affairs. The award will be based on an application that showcases a student’s public affairs engagement at Colby, plans for the future, and how this award will impact the student’s ability to fulfill those plans.

The Franko-Maisel Prize is possible because of a gift from Patrice Franko, the Grossman Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Studies, and Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government. The generous gift is further testament to their decades of commitment to public affairs programming and Colby students.

In recognition that the pandemic response has created multiple complexities and significant uncertainty, the Goldfarb Center is creating a simple, modified process. Seniors should self-nominate by submitting applications to by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, May 21. Be sure to include your name, major(s), contact information, and a copy of your CV. Answers to questions should not be more than 500 words each. Please submit your application as a Word document or pdf. All seniors are qualified to apply. Note that the cash award is reportable income and potentially taxable. The Goldfarb Center will announce the award winner(s) the first week of June after graduation.

Apply by answering the following questions:

  1. What does public affairs mean to you and how have you demonstrated a commitment to public affairs during your time at Colby (on and off campus)?
  2. Explain the career path you hope to achieve and how it relates to public policy. What are your plans after graduation?
  3. How will this award help you accomplish your immediate career goals? How will you spend it?

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Kimberly Flowers, Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center, at