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Andover student finalist for Truman Scholarship

Fri, 03/01/2013

LAWRENCE — Hannah Sitz, a University of Kansas student from Andover planning a career in the nonprofit sector, has been named a finalist for a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The national scholarships provide up to $30,000 for college juniors preparing for leadership in public service.

The Foundation received 629 applications from 293 colleges and universities. The Finalist Selection Committee selected 199 candidates from 136 colleges and universities as finalists.

Sitz will interview Thursday, March 7, in Kansas City, Mo., with other finalists from Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Up to 65 scholarship winners will be announced April 11 by the Truman Foundation in Washington, D.C.

"Hannah is an outstanding role model for other students and takes genuine pride and pleasure in helping others learn the value of service,” said Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, director of the University Honors Program.

Truman scholars are chosen on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of “making a difference.” Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

Since 1981, 16 KU students have become Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress as a living memorial to President Truman in 1975 and made its first scholarship awards in 1977.

Sitz is a senior in her third year at KU pursuing a double major in psychology and in strategic communication in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She is co-director of Alternative Breaks, a student-led organization that coordinates national service opportunities for students. She also is an ambassador for the University Honors Program and resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall. In 2012 she was selected for the competitive CORO Summer Internship in Public Affairs in Kansas City. A 2010 graduate of Andover Central High School, Sitz is the daughter of David and Tracy Sitz.



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