Three Willamette Students Make Final Round for Truman Scholarship

Willamette congratulates three students who are finalists in receiving the prestigious Truman Foundation Scholarship. Willamette joins Yale and Dartmouth as the only universities that nominated three or more students and had a 100% success rate in the choice of finalists.

The three Willamette finalists are:

  • Anna Carpenter '02, a sociology major from Boulder City, Nev. She will travel to Phoenix, Az., to interview on March 5.
  • Johnny Vong '02, a politics major from Upland, Calif. He is currently studying in Galway, Ireland and will interview in Oxford, England, on Feb. 26.
  • Russell Bither-Terry '02, a politics major from Eagle River, Alaska. He will interview in Washington, D.C., on March 26, one day after returning from a spring break study trip to Cuba.

Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive $30,000 for undergraduate and graduate study leading to careers in public service, along with leadership training and internship opportunities In 2000 the Truman Foundation recognized Willamette for fostering awareness of the Truman Scholarship competition on campus and encouraging students to consider careers in public service.

In the last three years Willamette has had ten Truman finalists going to regional interviews, the final round of competition.