Contact

Gavin Young
KU Office of Public Affairs
785-864-7100

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.



Tears. Smiles. And hugs. That’s what Match Day brought as KU Medical Center’s first Salina class learned where they would go for their residencies — the next step in their medical training. See the Salina Journal’s report and photos: http://bit.ly/1HtAWbW Tags: #KUworks #KUmatch #Match2015 University of Kansas Medical Center Salina Journal KU School of Medicine-Wichita

#KUresearch investigating solutions to shore up personal privacy on social media sites. http://t.co/mTqZaITRgd http://t.co/HFgjSeqPTq
Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times