Juniors Matthew Lyttle and Lisa Rasbach have been nominated by the Colleges to apply for Truman Scholarships. 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 covers both a student's senior year and graduate school.
The applications were submitted Feb. 3 and the finalists will be announced on Feb. 22. Finalists then go for interviews and the winners are chosen.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official federal memorial to our 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 from 2005 on 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.