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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 30, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 36
Student Wins Prestigious Truman Scholarship

By Jessica Valdez
Special to The Gazette

Sarah David of Johns Hopkins is one of 75 students from 63 U.S. colleges and universities named a 2006 Truman Scholar. The prestigious annual award is for extraordinary juniors committed to careers in public service.

Scholars receive $30,000 for graduate study and are eligible for priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions. They also receive leadership training and career and graduate school counseling, and have access to special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills and be in the top quarter of their class.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to America's 33rd president. This year's winners met May 14 for a weeklong leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and received their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 21.

David plans to study international and comparative law at the University of Maryland Law School with the Center of Health and Homeland Security. Eventually, she says, she would like to pursue a career with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review in Washington, D.C.

"My most vivid recollection of her will always be of her participation in the annual debate between the College Republicans and the College Democrats," said Matthew Crenson, professor of political science, who wrote David's Truman recommendation. "She devastated her opponents. Hers was the most impressive and intimidating performance I have ever seen."

David is the founder and coordinator of Securing the Future Conference, for which she secured $12,000 in grants to educate high school students about homeland security. She spent fall of 2005 at the Arabic Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt, and while there taught English to Sudanese refugees. David was the recipient of the Ripon-Clinger Grant through Johns Hopkins University that will fund her research on Jewish values in Fez, Morocco, this summer.


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