Sarah David, a Johns Hopkins University junior from Pikesville, Md., 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. The Harry S. Truman Foundation announced its latest group of scholars in March.
Each scholar receives $30,000 for graduate study and is eligible for priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions. They also receive leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and 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 classes. Johns Hopkins' most recent previous Truman Scholar was Saul Garlick, who received the award in 2005.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to America's 33rd president. David joins more than 2,480 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977. 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. Information is available online at www.truman.gov.
David plans to pursue graduate study, with a focus on international and comparative law, at the University of Maryland Law School with the Center of Health and Homeland Security. Eventually, David plans to pursue a career as an attorney with the Justice Department.
"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, a Johns Hopkins political science professor 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, which was organized to educate high school students about homeland security and attracted speakers that ranged from Rep. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and state Del. Robert A. Zirkin. More than 30 students attended from all areas of Baltimore, and David won $12,000 in grants to carry out the conference. She spent fall of 2005 in Cairo, Egypt, at the Arabic Language Institute 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. She will also be co-managing Zirkin's campaign for Maryland State Senate in the 11th district.
David is the daughter of Steven and Maureen Walsh David. She graduated from Pikesville High School in 2002.
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