Two Willamette Students Named 2001 Truman Scholarship Recipients

The Truman Foundation has announced that Willamette University juniors Anna Carpenter and Russell Bither-Terry have been selected as a 2001 Truman Scholar, two of 75 juniors nationwide.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college juniors who intend to pursue careers in government or public service and plan to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers.

Anna Carpenter, a native of Mesquite, Nev., has been involved in the Willamette University Women's Center, in Students for Choice, in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, as a domestic violence hotline worker for the Mid Valley Women's Crisis Services and as an abortion clinic escort.

Carpenter wants to address the unequal status of women in society, especially low-income women. She will apply for the 2002 Washington Summer Institute, offered to 40 Truman Scholars each year, where she would like to work in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Administration to Children and Families. Upon graduation, she plans to attend New York University School of Law. After working for a public interest law organization such as the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, she hopes to run for elected office and work toward legislation that promotes gender equity. Ultimately, Carpenter would like to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Russell Bither-Terry, a junior majoring in politics, attended high school in Whitefish, Mont., and currently hails from Eagle River, Alaska.

Bither-Terry is co-chair of the Willamette Socialist Union (WSU) and a member of Willamette Students for Peace and Justice. He helped to organize voter registration activities and a campaign to encourage Willamette to adopt a "code of conduct" for manufacturers of University apparel. He encouraged the WSU to become involved in local politics, contributing to a policy document "An Agenda for a Livable Salem" now under review by the Salem City Council.

He has also taught citizenship classes for Mexican immigrants and served as an Oregon delegate to the National Green Party Convention in Denver last June. He contributes to the Collegian and the Willamette Community Press, and can be seen regularly playing his guitar during "open mic" night at the Willamette Bistro.

Bither-Terry intends to earn a doctorate in International Relations and Public Policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He hopes to work with Oxfam to advocate for impoverished peoples and facilitate third-world economic development

In the past three years, five Willamette students have received Truman scholarships. Willamette University was the only private institution named as a 2000 Truman Honor Institution.