William Smith junior Lisa Rasbach has been named a finalist for the distinguished Truman Scholarship. She will be called for an interview in March. Hobart junior Matthew Lyttle was also nominated by the Colleges for the scholarship.
The nationally competitive Truman Foundation presents the awards 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.
Rasbach is an environmental studies and political science major. She has previously been named a 2004 Campus Ecology Fellow by the National Wildlife Federation for her work investigating the feasibility of converting campus diesel vehicles to biodiesel.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, she has been a counselor for the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute at the Colleges, and also is involved with such HWS organizations as Campus Greens, the William Smith Judicial Board and the Committee on Standards.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official federal memorial to the 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.