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Truman Scholar

"My educational experience at The Citadel was at least equal to
that at our nation's most prestigious schools."

David Lee Rawlinson, II
Class of 1998

Honors Program student David Rawlinson developed a significant record of leadership at The Citadel, which prepared him to compete successfully for the prestigious post-graduate Truman Scholarship, which aims to identify and support the next generation of America's leaders in the area of public service. In his junior year David was First Sergeant of Band Company, one of the two units to be integrated with women for the first time in the school's 143-year history. As part of the leadership team which instructs the trainers of the new recruits, David began focusing everyone's attention on actively combating negative attitudes which might exist about coeducation at The Citadel, and with significant results. Of the four female recruits, the one under David's command had the highest GPA, the highest physical training scores, and has gone on record as being the most satisfied with the cadet leadership in charge of her. The next year, he was promoted to Second Battalion Commander.

Outside the barracks, David was busy, too. One Fall, he won a spot in the Washington Fellowship Program, where he served as an intern in the office of South Carolina Congressman John M. Spratt, who liked him so well that he invited David to come back for the summer, as well. He also spent a summer interning with SC Congressman James E. Clyburn. He participated in the White House Conference on Youth, Drugs, and Violence, and began his own non-profit organization, American Renaissance, in order to provide "at risk" youths with educational help, eye-opening opportunities, and hope.

Selected as a Truman Scholar in 1997, he participated in the Truman Washington Summer Institute, where he met with students from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the like. "My educational experience at The Citadel was at least equal to those at our nation's most prestigious schools," he reports.

David continued his education at the University of South Carolina Law School, where he was elected President of the Law Democrats. At the same time, he served--implausibly--on the Executive Council of the Law Republicans. He was also student representative for his freshman class. After law school, David hopes to be a legislative counsel in the South Carolina State Legislature while actively continuing to work on his non-profit organization.

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