Morgan Brooke Razor, daughter of Bow and Lynne Switzer, has been selected by the University of Kentucky to represent UK as one of four applicants for the 2012 Truman Scholar program. Brooke is a Junior at the University of Kentucky studying psychology with plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate following graduation.
During her time at UK, she has worked extensively in the psychology department and was awarded a competitive research grant from the university.
Brooke has been named to the Dean’s list each semester. She is a member of ADPi sorority, and a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School.
The scholarship is awarded to approximately 50-75 U.S. college juniors each year on the basis of four criteria service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service (government, uniformed services, research, education, or public interest/advocacy organizations), communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent,” and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school. More broadly, Truman Scholars possess intellect, leadership skills, and passion that would make them a likely force for the public good in any field.
Candidates are selected after an arduous application process. Students must first win the nomination of their undergraduate university. Each undergraduate institution in the United States is allowed up to four nominations, but many schools receive dozens of applications. Roughly 600 to 700 students are nominated by their college or university and up to 60 are selected. Schools can nominate up to four students as well as up to three transfer students. No particular career, service interest, or policy field is preferred during the process. Each year, the Truman Scholarship is awarded to one or two students from institutions that have never had a Truman Scholar.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The scholarship is in the amount of $30,000 toward a graduate education. According to the Washington Post, the Truman Scholarship’s “sole aim is to pick out people with potential to become leaders—then provide support to help them realize their aspirations.”
Scholars are selected during their junior year of undergraduate studies, and inducted into the scholarship society during the summer following their junior year, in Mississippi. Following their senior year, more than half of scholars accept a 10-week Summer Institute internship in Washington, D.C., which features additional professional development training. Of this group, a small number continue federal agency jobs for a full year as part of the Truman Albright Fellows program.
Congress created the scholarship in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd president of the United States. Instead of a statue, the Truman Scholarship is the official federal memorial to its namesake president.