The Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award honors an alumnus/a who is a native, citizen, and resident of another country and who has a distinguished record of service to that country in the arts, science and engineering, education, business, environmental protection, government, or any other field. The award includes a cash prize of US $50,000 and an engraved medallion, and travel expenses (travel may be restricted based on local, national, and international health restrictions) for the recipient to attend the award presentation at Berkeley’s winter commencement on December 17, 2022.
The Haas International Award was established in 1964 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Haas, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. Haas, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Goldman. Created to mark the 50th wedding anniversary of Walter, longtime head of Levi Strauss, and his wife, arts patron Elise, the award acknowledges their devotion to UC Berkeley and interest in international affairs. Its presentation at commencement echoes both the global character of Berkeley’s faculty, students, and curricula and the university’s long-standing commitment to improving the human condition around the world.