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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 4, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 28
Saul Garlick, Junior in Arts and Sciences, Named Truman Scholar

Saul Garlick, a junior in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is one of 75 students from 65 U.S. colleges and universities named last week as a 2005 Truman Scholar. The prestigious award is for extraordinary juniors committed to careers in public service.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to America's 33rd president. This year's winners will meet May 16 for a weeklong leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 22.

Each scholar receives $30,000 for graduate study and is eligible for priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions. In addition to leadership training, recipients receive career and graduate school counseling and have access to special internship opportunities within the federal government. They must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills and be in the top quarter of their class. Johns Hopkins' most recent previous Truman Scholar was Leo J. Wise, who received the award in 1998.

Garlick, an international studies major from Denver, is enrolled in a combined bachelor's and master's degree program and will begin his graduate studies next year at SAIS, where he will focus on American foreign policy toward Africa.

"Saul is the kind of student our nation's best universities strive to attract," said Steven David, director of the Political Science Department's International Studies Program. "He combines a keen sense of intellectual inquiry with a passion for helping others. Hopkins is and will continue to be a better place because of him."

Garlick is the founder of Student Movement for International Relief, a nonprofit organization with chapters on college campuses around the nation. Its participants raise awareness of issues facing neglected regions of the world and provide aid to those regions through fund raising. The group is currently building schools in rural South Africa. Garlick is also founder and editor in chief of The Hopkins Donkey, a Democratic publication on the Homewood campus. He was co-chair of the 2004 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium and has served on the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and the Dean's Student Advisory Council. He has interned on Capitol Hill for his representative, Diana DeGette, and for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.


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