Expanding opportunities for community service by active Foreign Service personnel and their families.


The J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust is a charitable fund established in the memory of J. Kirby Simon, an FSO who died in 1995 while serving in Taiwan.

The Trust is committed to expanding the opportunities for community service, professional fulfillment, and personal well-being of FSOs and Specialists and their families. See photos and read about the impact of the grants here on our photo page.

Read about the award grants from 2021.

Read about the award grants from 2020.

Read about award grants from 2019.

For 2021, we returned to our typical grant-making cycle, with applications due April 1, 2021. Winners were notified in the summer. If the coronavirus pandemic necessitates a change of schedule, we will post changes on this page. Please email us at kirbysimontrust@gmail.com with questions.

The Trust has been funded with contributions from Kirby Simon’s colleagues, friends, relatives, and other persons interested in the purposes of the Trust. The trustees are present or former members of the Foreign Service, State Department community, and Kirby Simon’s parents.

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Board Members

John Simon, Claire Simon, Liisa Ecola, Kathleen Sheehan, Cynthia Ely, Dana Francis, George Kent, Gregory Milne, Courtney Nemroff, Colette Marcellin, Dan Morris, Mikkela Thompson, and Amy Yerkin.

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