March 11, 2010
WOOSTER, Ohio, Mar. 11 – Junior political science majors
Jessica Schumacher and Abbey Smanik have been selected as finalists for Truman
Scholarships by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The national
program awards three-year scholarships to outstanding students who plan to
pursue graduate or professional degrees leading to careers in public service. Schumacher
and Smanik will be interviewed by a regional selection committee in Cincinnati
later this month.
Both students worked throughout the fall semester preparing
their applications, under the supervision of Thomas Tierney, associate
professor of sociology and anthropology, and Angela Bos, assistant professor of
As part of the application process, each was required to
develop a detailed policy proposal. Smanik’s involved creation of a civic
education program for middle school students, in which recent college graduates
would design and implement innovative educational techniques to engage those
students in the political process. Schumacher focused on immigration law reform
and developing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are the
parents of children born in the United States.
“The Truman Scholarship program is highly competitive,”
Tierney said, “and we are fortunate to have two highly qualified candidates
this year, who not only have outstanding records of public service, but were
also willing to dedicate the significant amount of time and effort required to
develop competitive applications. Professor Bos and I are confident that they
will do well in the final interview stage of the competition.”
Smanik, a graduate of Westlake High School in Westlake,
Ohio, is currently president of the college’s Student Government Association.
She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration after graduating
Schumacher, a graduate of Tates Creek Senior High School in
Lexington, Ky., spent a semester at American University in Washington, DC,
where she served as a legislative intern for the American Jewish Committee.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree, and hopes to work with non-governmental
organizations involved with immigration issues.
The College of Wooster is an independent liberal arts
college, nationally recognized for an innovative curriculum that emphasizes
mentored, independent research. Each Wooster senior works one-on-one with a
faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work,
performance or art exhibit. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately
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