Sarah David of Johns Hopkins is one of 75 students
from 63 U.S. colleges and universities named a 2006 Truman
Scholar. The prestigious annual award is for extraordinary
juniors committed to careers in public service.
Scholars receive $30,000 for graduate study and are
eligible for priority admission and supplemental financial
aid at some premier graduate institutions. They also
receive leadership training and career and graduate school
counseling, and have access to special internship
opportunities within the federal government. Recipients
must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership
potential and communication skills and be in the top
quarter of their class.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was
established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to
America's 33rd president. This year's winners met May 14
for a weeklong leadership development program at William
Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and received their awards
in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in
Independence, Mo., on May 21.
David plans to study international and comparative law
at the University of Maryland Law School with the Center of
Health and Homeland Security. Eventually, she says, she
would like to pursue a career with the U.S. Attorney's
Office in the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review in
"My most vivid recollection of her will always be of
her participation in the annual debate between the College
Republicans and the College Democrats," said Matthew
Crenson, professor of
science, who wrote David's Truman recommendation. "She
devastated her opponents. Hers was the most impressive and
intimidating performance I have ever seen."
David is the founder and coordinator of Securing the
Future Conference, for which she secured $12,000 in grants
to educate high school students about homeland security.
She spent fall of 2005 at the Arabic Language Institute in
Cairo, Egypt, and while there taught English to Sudanese
refugees. David was the recipient of the Ripon-Clinger
Grant through Johns Hopkins University that will fund her
research on Jewish values in Fez, Morocco, this summer.