Willamette to Receive Honor From Truman Foundation on Founders Day

Willamette University will be honored as a 2000 Truman Foundation Honor Institution on Thursday, Feb. 1, Founders Day, for its exemplary participation in the Truman Scholarship program. This honor puts Willamette in elite company. In the five-year history of the Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award, only 38 colleges and universities nationwide have been selected for this honor.

The award is given to schools that attain excellence in three areas:

  • Encouraging students to pursue careers in public service
  • Effectively promoting the Truman program on their campuses
  • And demonstrating sustained success in helping their students win Truman Scholarships

The Truman Scholarship is one of the most rigorous scholarship programs in the country. Each year, the Truman Scholarship Foundation awards 75-80 college junior $30,000 scholarships to attend graduate school in preparation for career in public service. Over the years, eight Willamette University students have received this prestigious scholarship. Three of those awards have been earned in the last two years.