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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 80 scholars nationwide to receive $30,000 Truman scholarships for 1994.

They are Amanda Merryman, a junior in economics from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael Zwibelman, a junior in public policy from Chesterfield, Mo.

Truman scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduates who are committed to a career in government or public service organizations.

Merryman plans to earn a doctorate in political economics, leading to a career in policy analysis specializing in health care and public health programs. She hopes to work eventually for the Domestic Policy Council, the Nationa l Economic Council or a congressional committee with jurisdiction over entitlement spending and health programs.

She has been an intern with the White House Office of Health Policy, the Office of Management and Budget and the state office of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). She spent the Autumn 1993 quarter in the Stanford in Washington program and authored a Truman Policy Essay, "Generational Inequity and Health Care Reform."

Merryman also served as assistant director of the Stanford in Government Sacramento Fellowship Program.

Zwibelman plans to pursue a graduate program leading to degrees in public policy and law. His concentration will be on domestic policy issues such as health care, welfare and government budgeting. He would like to work as a pol icy analyst or budget examiner with the Office of Management and Budget or as a staff analyst for a congressional committee.

He has interned with the office of Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), the U.S. General Accounting Office and the Office of Management and Budget. Like Merryman, he spent the Autumn 1993 quarter with the Stanford in Washington progr am.

Zwibelman was his high school's student body president, and at Stanford organized a Special Olympics soccer tournament, managed a Palo Alto Little League team and was involved locally with the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign.

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

Each year about 600 institutions nominate about 1,300 students for these awards, which go to students committed to careers in government, public interest and public service organizations such as those that help the disadvantage d or work to protect the environment.

Academic institutions can nominate up to three candidates each year. Over the past decade, 21 of Stanford's 29 nominees have received scholarships. Stanford's nominees are selected by a committee made up of Professors Hubert Ma rshall, political science; Robert McGinn, program in science, technology and society; and Gavin Wright, economics.


EDITORS (Not for publication): Merryman can be reached at (415) 497-0848; Zwibelman at 462-1806; for additional comment, call Professor David Brady, business, 723-9702, and John F. Cogan, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution , 723-2585.

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