Side note – I discovered that Clifton Truman Daniels who was probably a freshman in college was also at our ceremony because his mother wanted to show him that students could accomplish great things if they studied hard. I had the opportunity to discuss this with Clifton at the conference when he signed his book for me. I too as a mother have done the same thing with my son who is the same age as the new 2011 Truman Scholars.
So why do I keep coming back after all these years? There are three reasons:
I want to give back to the Foundation & TSA. Without the scholarship, I am not sure I would have had the opportunities for unpaid internships (since I didn’t have to worry about funds for undergraduate school) and to go to graduate school so both I and my parents are very grateful for the Scholarship. I think after 34 years of scholars hitting the ground running we have become an important support system for those going into public service or serving the public in various ways and have created that legacy to Harry S. Truman. I really enjoyed the speed networking program at the conference where I could talk to younger scholars and assist them with some career ideas and some life experience. I will continue to help any Truman Scholar that contacts me who wants to learn more about municipal government, needs me to review their resume or help with preparing for an interview. We all know that Truman Scholars know how to apply for college or scholarships but the resume does need to be adjusted for professional employment opportunities. With my many years in municipal recruitment and my current executive search experience as a consultant I have seen the good and bad and would like to help any Scholars who want some extra advice at no cost.