Wednesday March 15, 2006

Truman Finalists

Two University of Dayton students have been named finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

University of Dayton juniors Emily Nohner and Andrea Smith-Rippeon have been named as finalists for the highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The national scholarships recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service and provide financial support for graduate study and leadership training.

Each year, the Truman Scholarship Foundation reviews more than 600 applications for 70 to 75 scholarships awarded. These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school's four nominations.

UD juniors Jacqueline Chura and Erin Moosbrugger also earned University of Dayton nominations. "The nomination for this scholarship is in-and-of-itself an honor," said Chris Duncan, chair of the political science department and UD's faculty representative for the scholarship. "Students who apply to compete nationally for this scholarship all demonstrate strong communication skills, high academic standing, leadership abilities and potential and a commitment to public service. To be selected as a finalist is a tremendous achievement."

Smith-Rippeon, of Frederick, Md., and Nohner, of Omaha, Neb., are both majoring in political science and international studies and human rights. They will attend regional interviews this month. A panel that typically includes a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant and a past Truman Scholar conducts the interview. The 2006 Truman Scholars will be named by the end of March.

Those who are selected as Truman Scholars will convene at William Jewel College in Liberty, Mo., for a leadership week and awards ceremony May 14-21. The 2006 Truman Scholarship class will also be invited to attend a 10-week Washington Seminar Institute during the summer following their 2007 college graduation that will include internships and graduate-level seminars and workshops in Washington D.C.

Contact Chris Duncan at (937) 229-3648.