Congratulations to Soren Schmidt and Rachel Stone, who have been selected as 2016 Truman Scholarship Finalists! BYU’s FHSS College and Department of Political Science could not be more proud of these two dedicated, ambitious students.
Truman Scholars are selected from among candidates who show:
- an extensive record of campus and community service;
- a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors;
- good communication skills and a high probability of becoming a “change agent”; and
- a strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate’s choice.
Candidates strive to have a positive impact on the world in which they live.They are supported by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which was established in 1975 as a living memorial to our thirty-third president, Harry S. Truman.
Since its inception, the Foundation has funded almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference around the country and the world. It supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Approximately 600 applications are received every year, and from those, 200 students are chosen as finalists. In late March and early April, Soren and Rachel will be interviewed by the Foundation’s Regional Review Panels to determine whether or not they will be included in the final list of 55-65 scholars that are chosen.
We wish Soren and Rachel the best of luck!
The 2016 Class of Truman Scholars will be announced by 9:00 pm EST on April 22.