Saul Garlick, a junior in the Krieger
School of Arts and Sciences, is one of 75 students from
65 U.S. colleges and universities named last week as a 2005
Truman Scholar. The prestigious award is for extraordinary
juniors committed to careers in public service.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by
Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to America's 33rd
president. This year's winners will meet May 16 for a
weeklong leadership development program at William Jewell
College in Liberty, Mo., and receive their awards in a
special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence,
Mo., on May 22.
Each scholar receives $30,000 for graduate study and
is eligible for priority admission and supplemental
financial aid at some premier graduate institutions. In
addition to leadership training, recipients receive career
and graduate school counseling and have access to special
internship opportunities within the federal government.
They must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership
potential and communication skills and be in the top
quarter of their class. Johns Hopkins' most recent previous
Truman Scholar was Leo J. Wise, who received the award in
Garlick, an international studies major
from Denver, is enrolled in a combined bachelor's and
master's degree program and will begin his graduate studies
next year at SAIS,
where he will focus on American foreign policy toward
"Saul is the kind of student our nation's best
universities strive to attract," said Steven David,
director of the Political Science Department's
International Studies Program. "He combines a keen sense of
intellectual inquiry with a passion for helping others.
Hopkins is and will continue to be a better place because
Garlick is the founder of Student Movement for
International Relief, a nonprofit organization with
chapters on college campuses around the nation. Its
participants raise awareness of issues facing neglected
regions of the world and provide aid to those regions
through fund raising. The group is currently building
schools in rural South Africa. Garlick is also founder and
editor in chief of
The Hopkins Donkey, a Democratic publication on the
Homewood campus. He was co-chair of the 2004 Milton S.
Eisenhower Symposium and has served on the Arts and
Sciences Curriculum Committee and the Dean's Student
Advisory Council. He has interned on Capitol Hill for his
representative, Diana DeGette, and for the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee.