Norwich student finalist for Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Norwich University political science major Javonne Gray has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Harry S. Truman Foundation is a federal program that honors former President Harry S. Truman through the operation of an education scholarship program, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers in public service. If selected, Gray will receive $30,000 towards graduate school studies.

In 2004 the Truman Foundation expects to award 75 to 80 scholarships on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

On March 19th, after completing a comprehensive application process and receiving the recommendation of several Norwich professors, Gray joined 220 other finalists from around the country in Washington, D.C., to be interviewed by a scholarship committee. The students will learn whether or not they have been selected to receive the scholarship on March 30th.

Gray, a resident of Miami, Florida, plans to attend law school and then serve as a JAG officer in the Air Force before starting a career in the field of criminal justice. The Norwich student said that her ultimate career goal is to be appointed Solicitor General and argue cases on behalf of the United States in front of the Supreme Court.

by Mark Albury
March 2004

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