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Barbara Laskin

Macalester Student from Mililani, Hawaii,
 Wins Truman Scholarship

Shelle Shimizu

April 16, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn.– Shelle Shimizu ‘11, a junior from Mililani, Hawaii, double majoring in political science and Asian studies, has been named a 2010 Truman Scholar. She is the eighth Macalester student to receive this award. Shimizu eventually wants to work both domestically and internationally to alleviate poverty. She's currently studying abroad in China. 

Each Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

Shimizu is one of 60 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to be named a Truman Scholar this year. She will be a PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship program) scholar at Princeton this summer, after which she’s planning to serve in the Peace Corps.  She wants to pursue a joint law degree and a Masters in Public Policy at Columbia University.

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Congress established the Truman Scholarship Foundation in 1975 as the federal memorial to the thirty-third President. The foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. There have been 2,730 Truman Scholars selected since the first awards were made in 1977.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.