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TWC Congratulates Four Alumni Honored with 2013 Truman Scholarship

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April 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This month, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced the names of the college students selected as 2013 Truman Scholars. Four of the 62 recipients of this year’s prestigious honor are recent alumni of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and include:

 

Rebecca Boslough, University of Montana

Democratic National Convention Academic Seminar, Summer 2012

Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar, Spring 2013

 

Briana Bowen, Utah State University

Democratic National Convention Academic Seminar, Summer 2012

 

Ileana Cruz-Marden, University of Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras

Washington, D.C. Córdova Academic Internship Program, Spring 2012

 

Stefan Johnson, Villanova University

Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program, Spring 2012

 

“The Washington Center is so very proud of these four remarkable individuals,” said Mike Smith, President of The Washington Center. “Their leadership, academic excellence and dedication to civic engagement exemplify the foundation upon which our organization was built. Each of them has exceptional potential and I am quite certain they will one day play a leading role in the public service sector.”

 

Ileana Cruz-Marden, University of Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras

Ileana Cruz-Marden decided to pursue the Truman Scholarship after interning with Senator Kerry as part of The Washington Center’s Washington, D.C. Academic Internship Program during the 2012 spring semester.

 

“The Washington Center opened up my eyes to foreign policy and development issues,” said Cruz-Marden. “Without my internship I would not be where I am today. Before coming to D.C., I was considering law school—now, I’m on a different path. In D.C., I connected with like-minded students that are eager and want to make a change. The experience inspired me to re-evaluate my goals and gave me hope that my generation will have an impact.” Cruz-Marden is choosing between several master's programs in international affairs.

 

Stefan Johnson, Villanova University

For Truman Scholar, Stefan Johnson, his experience interning with the White House, as well as participating in the other components of TWC’s Academic Internship Program such as the civic engagement project, Leadership Forum and academic coursework, gave him a greater understanding of how government affects society.

 

“Interning in D.C. was a phenomenal experience,” said Johnson. “I instantly became interested in how the federal government affects people on a daily basis. As part of the internship, I volunteered at a high school once a week to help students who were having a difficult time with their course work. Growing up and watching the cycle of incarceration tear apart communities, while permanently placing male youth on a path of recidivism, helped influence my Truman policy proposal on prison reform.” Johnson is currently applying to a public affairs master’s program at Princeton University.

 

Briana Bowen, Utah State University

Truman Scholar Briana Bowen's participation in TWC’s Democratic National Convention Academic Seminar led to an invitation to join the credential security team at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. “With The Washington Center, I gained a better understanding of career opportunities in public policy,” said Bowen. “With the Truman Scholarship, I plan to pursue a public policy master’s program in healthcare policy and then move to the nation’s capital.”

 

Rebecca Boslough, University of Montana

For Rebecca Boslough, The Washington Center experience allowed her to broaden her education. "I'm studying Natural Resource Conservation in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana. TWC allowed me not only to take political science courses, but also to take part in the entire process. My experience as a CNN intern at the Democratic National Convention was incredible." Firsthand experience with the political process, politicians, and the media inspired Rebecca to combine politics with her passion for conservation.

 

The Truman Scholars were selected from 629 candidates nominated by 293 colleges and universities. They were chosen on the basis of their academic and leadership accomplishments and their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Each Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study, priority admission at premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

 

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

 

About The Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Foundation was established by Congress, in 1975, as the federal memorial to our 33rd President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury. Learn more at www.truman.gov.

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