Amherst Students Named Truman, Beineke Scholars

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 2:26 PM

By William Sweet

Two Amherst students intent on spreading justice at home and abroad will soon be putting those plans into action, thanks to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. A third student has been awarded a Beineke Scholarship to pursue graduate study in environmental history.

Truman

History and Purpose: The Harry S Truman Scholarship is the official federal memorial to the 33rd president of the United States. Dedicated to education and public service, President Truman often spoke about the importance of promoting young leaders, and envisioned a program for students that would encourage educated citizenship and political responsibility.

National Fellowships

What are National Fellowships and Scholarships? Simply put, they are merit-based, highly competitive, opportunities funded by governments, individual philanthropists, and private organizations. They mainly fund travel, graduate study, or independent research abroad. Some, however, fund graduate study in the U.S.; one supports a research job at a major think tank; and another rewards candidates for excellent work in the STEM fields. Each funding body has a mission.