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Two Stanford students win $30,000 Truman scholarships

STANFORD -- Two Stanford students are among 75 nationwide to receive $30,000 Truman scholarships for 1992.

They are Allison Moore, a junior majoring in public policy, from Southboro, Mass.; and Sherri Wolson, a senior majoring in public policy, from Minnetonka, Minn.

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.

Moore's experiences in public service include time spent as regional chairperson of the student advisory council to the Massachusetts State Board of Education and as an intern in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

She has served as a volunteer for Children Now and as a member of College Republicans for Choice. She is currently a volunteer in the campaign to elect Stanford law Prof. Tom Campbell to the U.S. Senate.

Moore plans to earn a master's degree in educational policy and analysis. She hopes her work on children's policy will lead to a career in the U.S. Department of Education, on the staff of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, or at the Children's Defense Fund.

Wolson has held internships in the office of Minnesota's lieutenant governor and at the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, D.C.

At Stanford, she has served as chairperson of Stanford in Government and director of the Stanford in Government Public Policy Forum. She is the news producer for Stanford's KZSU radio station and helped to organize a soup kitchen project for the university's annual Reach Out day.

Wolson plans to earn a master's degree in social welfare policy. Eventually, she hopes to work on pro-family legislation in the White House Office of Policy Planning, in the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, or on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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.

Each year, about 600 institutions nominate approximately 1,200 students for the awards. Over the past 12 years, 24 of Stanford's 30 nominees have received scholarships. The national success rate is 6 percent.

The Stanford nominees are selected by a committee consisting of Robert McGinn, professor of values, technology, science and society; Gavin Wright, professor of economics; and Hubert Marshall, professor emeritus of political science.



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