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Stanford junior selected for $30,000 Truman scholarship

STANFORD -- Aresa Pecot, a Stanford junior majoring in political science who hopes for a career in government, is among 70 students nationwide to receive $30,000 Truman scholarships for 1995.

The scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduates who are committed to a career in government or public interest and public service organizations. There have been 32 Truman scholars from Stanford since 1977, including Pecot.

Pecot, who is from Oakland, Calif., attended the Stanford in Washington program, and while there served as an intern for the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Her scholarship essay topic was "Enterprise Zone Guidelines." She has been a research assistant with the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford.

Pecot has tutored homeless children at Harrison House in Oakland and volunteered with the East Palo Alto Consortium for Young Women. While a student and varsity gymnast at Berkeley High School, she was a member of the Principal-Student Liaison Committee and chaired the Media Public Relations Committee of the Berkeley Youth Commission.

Pecot hopes to earn a master's degree in public policy combined with a law degree, with the career goal of working in the federal government in policy analysis, specializing in inner city economic development, vocational training for high school youth and the promotion of enterprise zones.

She would like to work eventually for either the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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 year and for the first three years of graduate study.

This year, about 400 colleges and universities nominated about 800 students for the awards. Academic institutions can nominate up to three candidates each year. Over the past 10 years, 70 percent (22 of 31) of Stanford's nominees have received scholarships, while the national average over the same period has been about 7 percent.

Stanford's nominees were selected by a committee made up of Professors Donald Kennedy, biological sciences, and president emeritus; Hubert Marshall, political science; and Robert McGinn, program in science, technology and society.



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