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03/30/93

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Two Stanford students win $30,000 Truman scholarships

STANFORD -- Two Stanford University students who attended Stanford in Washington together are among 70 nationwide to receive $30,000 Truman scholarships for 1993.

They are Marney Cheek, a senior majoring in international relations, from Fullerton, Calif., and Amy Marx, a junior majoring in public policy and economics, from Lexington, Mass.

Truman scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduates who are committed to a career in government or public service organizations. In prestige they rank behind only Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.

Cheek, who spent winter quarter at Stanford's overseas campus in Berlin, flew back from Germany for her scholarship interview. "I was pretty nervous - it was a very challenging interview," said Cheek, who has specialized in development economics and international political economy. "Now I'm really looking forward to graduate study."

In the summer of 1992, Cheek interned at the U.S. Commission on National and Community Service, then spent the fall at Stanford in Washington, taking classes on public policy issues and working for the Foreign Economic Assistance Department of the General Accounting Office.

She also has been active on the home campus, coordinating public policy forums for Stanford-in-Government, and co-directing last year's Prospective Freshman Week, an orientation program for 1,000 high school seniors admitted to Stanford.

Cheek plans to earn a joint law degree and master's degree in international economics. She hopes to work with the General Accounting Office, the State Department or with the U.S. Trade Representative on relations with Eastern Europe or the European Community.

Marx also attended Stanford in Washington in the fall of 1992, where she held an internship in the Natural Resources Division of the Office of Management and Budget. Previously, she worked for the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Massachusetts State Senate.

Marx was on the Stanford women's track team in her freshman and sophomore years and served three years as community service chairperson of the Stanford Jewish Student Association. She also was active in the recent successful election campaigns of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D.-Calif., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.

After graduating, Marx would like to earn a joint master's degree in public policy and law degree in environmental policy formulation and implementation. Eventually, she would like to work at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget or with an environmental advocacy group.

The Truman scholarship, she said, "will open up new opportunities for me as I continue to study environmental policy." She said her time at Stanford in Washington was "an incomparable academic experience" that gave her the confidence and experience to apply for the scholarship.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program was created by an act of Congress in memory of the late president. The scholarships cover tuition and other expenses for the senior undergraduate year and the first three years of graduate study.

Stanford University leads the nation in the number of students who have received Truman scholarships over the years. Political science Professor Emeritus Hubert Marshall, the university's Truman scholarship faculty representative, received special recognition this year for his work on behalf of Stanford nominees.

"Without question, Hugh has been the most effective of the 800 Truman Faculty Representatives that support our program," Louis H. Blair, Truman Scholarship Foundation executive secretary, said in a recent letter to Stanford President Gerhard Casper.

Each year, about 600 institutions nominate approximately 1,200 students for the awards. Over the past 13 years, 26 of Stanford's 32 nominees have received scholarships. The national success rate is 6 percent.

The Stanford nominees were selected by a committee consisting of Marshall, Professor Robert McGinn of the Program in Values, Technology, Science and Society, and economics Professor Gavin Wright.

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