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April 7, 1998 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago junior named Truman Scholar

University of Chicago junior Elizabeth Evenson has been named a Truman Scholar, a distinction awarded to 80 or fewer American college students each year.

Evenson, a public policy major and a Delaware resident, will use the $30,000 award to pursue graduate studies in international relations. She is interested in a future career in International Human Rights Law or as a policy maker in the U.S. government.

Evenson is both an ardent feminist and the president of the campus pro-life organization, an unusual combination. She increased the pro-life organization's thoughtfulness and visibility, bringing seminars on pregnancy and child-rearing to campus. Evenson practiced consensus building in her role as vice president in a community affairs fraternity and as a dormitory resident advisor. She is a member of the University's chapter of Amnesty International and of the Political Union, a student organization dedicated to bringing world leaders to campus.

To become a Truman Scholar, Evenson submitted a public policy analysis on war crime tribunals and a personal statement, and also endured several rounds of interviews.

"Liz has a very strong sense of self. She is heading on a path of public service and she will be successful," said Tim Blackman, a college advisor and the head of Chicago's Truman screening committee.

He added, "As someone who's seen many University students go on to be Truman finalists, I think that their understanding of the world was broadened and deepened by the University's general education requirement, and that's very attractive to the Truman Foundation."

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.
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