Cutchins '93 and Geissinger '93 received $18,000 to augment and expand the educational facilities and opportunities of 1,500 Saramaccan residents of the Gran Lio River in Suriname, South America. The funds were used to repair and electrify a village school, as well as to build, staff, and supply a village library.
When they received the award, Geissinger told Grinnell Magazine, "This award will mean that more children will be able to come to school. They will be able to start and complete and education in the village. And then they will hae the opportunity to go on for further education in the capital of Suriname."