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Bethlehem, Pa., March 16, 2005—Moravian College junior Amanda Logan is a finalist for a prestigious Truman Scholarship. The nationally competitive Truman Foundation awards are given to students who have extensive records of public and community service, show leadership ability and who are committed to careers in public service. The prestigious scholarship provides funding for both a student's senior year and graduate school.
It’s been a good year for the economics and political science double major from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Logan recently received the Margaret A. Weeks Award from American University. She was one of three recipients of the award, chosen from the 500 students who participated in the Washington Semester Program during the fall semester.
As part of her quest for a Truman Scholarship, Logan traveled to Denver, Colorado, for her "confrontational" interview on March 16, where panelists pose questions to enable candidates to reveal their understanding of issues, thinking processes, and analytical abilities. Finalists have to defend their opinions and priorities.
Logan is being interviewed by a panel consisting of David Ebel, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals; Elizabeth Hoffman, president, University of Colorado; Karl Kurtz, director of state services, National Conference of State Legislatures; Mary Mullarkey, chief justice, Colorado Supreme Court; and Zeke Peters, a law student who is a 1992 Truman Scholar.
“I applied for the scholarship because the program fits in perfectly with my values and ideas about where I see my role in the world,” Logan said. “After I graduate from Moravian, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in social work. “My ultimate goal is to be an advocate for the working poor, as a legislative liaison between Capital Hill and the non-profit sector or a policy analyst for a member of Congress.”
The foundation will announce the names of the 70-75 students who they have chosen as the 2005 Truman Scholars on March 29. They will receive a letter from Madeleine Albright who is the president of the foundation.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official federal memorial to America’s 33rd President. The Foundation is a federal executive branch agency that administers the Truman Scholarship program. The agency is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the President of the United States and Congress, endowed by a $55 million trust in the U.S. Treasury. Each year, the Foundation reviews more than 600 applications for 70 to 75 scholarships awarded annually. The Truman Scholarship is a merit-based, $26,000 award intended to support graduate studies. All candidates must be nominated by their school.
Scholars selected are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.
“My faculty reprehensive professor Dennis Glew really helped me navigate the application process,” Logan said. “This application included a nomination letter by the faculty representative, three letters of recommendation, a detailed policy proposal, my transcripts, and an extensive application which asked questions concerning my academic, community/volunteer, extracurricular, work/internship, and award history, leadership abilities, and my most rewarding public service experience. I provided information on how I have prepared myself academically thus far for my ambitions, what my graduate school plan is, my career plan for the next 5-15 years, what problems I would like to address in society, and a personal statement.”