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R-MWC junior takes prestigious Truman Scholarship

Atefeh Leavitt one of only 77 to be selected

3/24/2004 3:30:46 PM


Atefeh Leavitt LYNCHBURG, Va. - Atefeh Leavitt from the Class of 2005 has been named as a 2004 Truman Scholar, one of only 77 undergraduate students nationwide to be so honored. The award carries a $30,000 grant -- $27,000 of which is earmarked for graduate studies -- as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Leavitt, a political science major, is also a founding member of UMMAH, a campus organization of Muslim women. In 2003, UMMAH programmed and planned Pathways to Understanding: Constructive Dialogue Between Muslims and Non-Muslims, a series of interactive workshops and spirited debates that brought distinguished Islamic scholars and speakers to campus. More than 200 people from the College and the surrounding community took part in the half-day workshop.

Created as the official federal memorial to the 33rd president, the Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit--based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from the Pacific Islands who want to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. Among the approximately 700 nominations received annually for the scholarships, only 75 to 80 winners are selected. The Foundation seeks college and university juniors and seniors who have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential to enable them to improve the ways that public entities serve the public good. Nominees pass through a three-stage selection process, culminating in interviews before a regional selection panel.

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