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Two Juniors Nominated For Truman Scholarship

Two Texas A&M students have been selected as institutional nominees for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
By Kyle Mox, Texas A&M University Honors Program February 14, 2008

Two Texas A&M students have been selected as institutional nominees for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for students who are pursuing careers in public service.

Anthony Listi, a junior political science major from Dallas, is the current chair of the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs. Listi plans to pursue graduate study in international affairs at the Institute for World Politics in Washington D.C., and later work in foreign diplomacy for the U.S. State Department and as a high-ranking policy maker in the White House.

Karthik Venkatraj a junior from College Station, majors in international studies. The public relations sergeant for the Corps of Cadets, Venkatraj is also the MSC vice president for educational exploration. He plans to pursue joint degree in international affairs and law at Columbia University. In the long term, he will accept a commission as a military intelligence officer and later work in the Department of Defense.

Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official federal memorial to the nation’s 33rd president. The foundation awards $30,000 scholarships to undergraduates who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service. Truman Scholars are recognized as “change agents” and have the “passion, intellect, and leadership potential that in time should enable them to improve the ways that public entities…serve the public good.”

Finalists will be announced February 18. Should any or all of the above students be selected, they will travel to Dallas for final interviews on March 10. Since 2001, eight nominees from Texas A&M have progressed to the finalist stage.

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