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CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 14)---Citadel Cadet, David Lee Rawlinson II, a 1994 graduate of Rock Hill's Northwestern High School and a full scholar recipient at The Citadel, was selected as a Truman Scholar among 717 candidates nominated by 369 colleges and universities.

     Hon. Elmer B. Staats, Chairman of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and a former official in the Truman administration, announced the 69 students from 59 U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected as 1997 Truman Scholars. The scholars were elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and the likelihood of "making a difference."

     Each scholarship provides $30,000 - $3,000 for the senior year and a remaining $27,000 for two or three years of graduate study. Rawlinson will also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

     Political Science major Rawlinson is a junior at The Citadel. He has served on the 1995 Congressional Fellowship program, forgoing a semester at The Citadel to serve as a research assistant for U.S. Congressman John Spratt. In February of 1996 Cadet Rawlinson was invited to the White House to participate in a strategy conference on youth, drugs, and violence. He was one of only one hundred students and professionals throughout the country to participate in the conference. Rawlinson has also achieved Gold Star status while at the military college. This signifies academic excellence above Dean's List.

     The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. There have been 1,779 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.

     Cadet Rawlinson will assemble with the other recipients on May 25 for a week long leadership development program and they will receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri on June 1, 1997.

     Mr. Mrs. David Rawlinson of Rock Hill, S.C. are the parents of Cadet Rawlinson.


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