Two University of Chicago Students Win Truman Scholarships
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March 31, 2005 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Two University of Chicago Students Win Truman Scholarships

University of Chicago third-years Anyu Fang and Kristin Greer Love have been named Truman Scholars, a distinction awarded to only 75 American college students each year. Chicago is one of only five institutions to have multiple award winners.

Fang, an Economics major who spent his early years in China before he moved to Virginia for high school, plans to use the $30,000 award to study human rights law. Fang, 21, has interned in Amnesty International’s legislative office in Washington, D.C., as well as in Congress with Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), and is interested in some day going back to Washington to work on legislation that deals with shelter and food as human rights issues.

In addition to his studies, Fang is an executive board member of the student group the Giving Tree, a social justice organization, and he has organized many campus education events about food and housing insecurity and has led community service trips to South Side homeless shelters. Fang also founded the University’s French Club during his freshman year. Because he is interested in economic development, he has studied Francophone African countries, and he studied abroad in South Africa during his second year. This summer, Fang plans to intern in the Fairfax County, Va. Department of Housing.

Love, a joint History and Law, Letters and Society major originally from Bloomington, Ill., plans to use the $30,000 award to pursue a career in children’s rights law. During the past two years, Love, 21, has served as a docent, education intern and education advisory committee person at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, where she promotes arts integration as an education reform initiative. That experience, Love said, taught her firsthand about educational inequities in public school systems and is what is driving her to advocate for children’s rights.

Love also is working to get organic foods into campus dining halls and leads the Green Campus Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving the University’s environmental sustainability. She just returned from South Africa where she was studying in the University of Chicago’s African Civilization program, and plans to return this summer to work for the Treatment Action Campaign, an organization that uses litigation to secure anti-retrovirals for impoverished people.

To become a Truman Scholar, applicants must demonstrate a long record of public service, go through several rounds of interviews and write a persuasive and critical public policy proposal. Fang wrote his on alleviating homelessness in urban America, while Love wrote about how to integrate arts education in public elementary schools by working with museums.

This is the first time the University of Chicago has had two students receive the Truman Scholarship in the same year. Nationally, only Swarthmore College had more scholarships with three students receiving the award.

“Truman Scholarships support what is most powerful about a University of Chicago education – the ability to bring learning from the classroom to the thorny issues that we confront as a society,” said Susan Art, Dean of Students in the College. “The College is enormously proud of Anyu’s and Kristin’s accomplishments and potential for making positive contributions to the world.”

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the official federal memorial to the 33rd U.S. President. The foundation awards scholarships to college students who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for their careers. They were elected by 19 independent selection panels on the basis of their leadership potential, intellectual ability and their likelihood of “making a difference.”

Each panel typically includes a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant and a past Truman Scholarship winner.

The 2005 Truman Scholars will assemble Sunday, May 15, for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. on Sunday, May 22. For a complete listing of the 2005 scholars and more information on the foundation, see
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