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Get to Know A Truman Scholar: Asma Jaber (South Carolina, 2007)

Asma Jaber graduated in May 2014 from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s degree in Public Policy.  She concentrated her studies on human rights, political development, and Middle East affairs.  Currently, she is managing the Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  She co-founded PIVOT, a mobile […]

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Get to Know a Truman: Caitie Whelan (Maine, 2007)

Caitie Whelan is the Founder/Noter-in-Chief of The Lightning Notes, a short daily post to help us move the world forward. It features great ideas and striking stories to remind us that we matter and that improving the world is our matter. Prior to The Lightning Notes, Caitie was a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress, […]

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Get To Know A Truman: Dr. Sanjay Basu (IL ’01)

Sanjay Basu MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT before completing a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford. He received his MD and PhD in epidemiology at Yale and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Basu’s research interests focus on global development […]

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10 Questions: Melissa McCafferty (MI ’10)

Question 1.       What got you interested in the Coast Guard? I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is of course surrounded by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The Coast Guard has an enormous presence in the community, most notably in the Soo locks during ice-breaking season. When I […]

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Scholar Profile of Jacob Tobia (NC, ’13)

 Please learn more about Jacob in the following interview by fellow Truman Scholar, Tyler Hatch: Growing up in North Carolina, it was often difficult to envision a future for myself in public service. I had the passion and drive to serve others, but when I looked at who represented North Carolinians at a local, state, and […]

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Walter Fortson (NJ ’12)

Walter Fortson, 2012  Those sobering words, “You know your life is over,” reverberated like giant percussion cymbals in his ears.  The police officer put his firearm back in its holster after holding it at Walter’s head. He removed the handcuffs from the case on his gun belt.  The cold carbon steel pinched Walter’s flesh as […]

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Dena Simmons, 2004

Dena Simmons (CT ’04) If I were to ask you to list the top five individuals in your life who have influenced you the most, I’m certain that a large percentage of you would name at least one teacher.  And I bet you’d have a ready example of why that is so.  I think it’s […]

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Know Your Scholars: Wendi Adelson 2000 Florida

  “Human Trafficking” is a term most of us are familiar with.  Yet, the realities of its meaning are held at a safe distance – like a tenable mystery we’re not all that eager to explore with our magnifying glass.  Even those who consider themselves well read and up to speed on current events would […]

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Know Your Scholars: Forrest Dunbar – Alaska 2005

   Forrest Dunbar – Alaska 2005 Most of us imagine Alaska in striking reflections of majestic mountains cast in the glass-like plane of crystal clear water, with a panoramic view of raw nature in her most gloriously pristine form, unfettered and seemingly holding a perpetual state of refreshing newness that invigorates our pioneering spirits.  As […]

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TSA 2013 National Conference Recap

Over two-hundred Truman Scholars registered this year for the sold out Truman Scholars Association’s national conference in Washington, D.C. that took place from Thursday, July 18th to Sunday, July 21st. Since 2009, TSA has held the national conference every other year and has continued to successfully bring Truman Scholars together to reconnect, discuss the important […]

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