Two Students Named Truman Scholarship Finalists
Two Alma College juniors are national finalists for the $30,000 Truman Scholarship.
• David Bechtold, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a graduate of Skyline High School. He is the son of Thomas and Pamela Bechtold.
• Taylor Gibson, a junior from Gowen, is a graduate of Greenville High School. She is the daughter of Peter and Brenda Gibson.
The Truman Scholarship, the most prestigious national scholarship for college juniors, seeks to support students committed to pursuing a career devoted to public service. This year, a total of 194 finalists were selected from 136 institutions.
The Truman Scholars will be announced later this spring. Each of the 60 to 65 Truman Scholars will receive $30,000 in funding for graduate school.
Alma College has had four Truman Scholarship winners and 18 finalists since 2000.
Congress established the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in 1975. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government and public service. Truman scholars are selected by independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of “making a difference.”
Alma’s Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee helps finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships and reviews their proposals and applications. Alma’s committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.
Posted: Thu, February 26th, 2009 at 9:45AM