Juniors win Truman Scholarships to prepare for public service careers
By Karin Dienst
Princeton NJ -- Juniors Charlotte Lanvers and Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky are among 76 students from 63 U.S. colleges and universities named 2003 Truman Scholars by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foun-dation. The award recognizes their leadership potential, intellectual ability and commitment to public service.
Each scholarship provides $30,000 -- $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate school in preparation for a career in government or another area of public service. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and internship opportunities within the federal government.
As a part of her application for the scholarship, Lanvers submitted a policy proposal arguing for implementing universal content-centered preschool for three- and four-year-olds in Utah on a sliding-scale basis, offering the program to poor families at no cost.
In 1999 Lanvers received the Kristin Caperton Award, which was given to the "most inspirational" candidate at the U.S. Academic Decathlon Competition. In high school Lanvers won various oratory championships in statewide and regional tournaments. In 2000, the National Forensic League, an honor society that promotes debate and public speaking, named her a Speaker with Distinction. She achieved this in spite of the fact that she is a severe stutterer. In 2000 Lanvers served as the student representative on the Park City Board of Education.
At Princeton, Lanvers has served on the Undergraduate Committee for Disability Issues and is co-president of the Association for Disability Awareness and Advocacy, which she co-founded. The association this spring coordinated the University's first disability awareness week. Lanvers also has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Wasatch and Summit counties, Utah, and she has received the Dan Thomas Memorial Fellowship at Habitat for Humanity for East Trenton, N.J. She also participates in Sustained Dialogue on race relations, has served as a conversational English tutor and has been active in the Workers' Rights Organizing Committee. Additionally, Lanvers is a student manager in the Butler/Wilson dining hall, and she is a dormitory assistant in Foulke Hall.
Ramos-Mrosovsky, a graduate of Kew Forest School in Forest Hills, N.Y., is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He plans to pursue graduate study in international law, leading to a career in diplomacy.
Tapping his academic interests in trans-Atlantic relations and international law, particularly in the context of security policy and the war on terrorism, Ramos-Mrosovsky submitted a proposal with his scholarship application that recommends putting Saddam Hussein on trial before the International Criminal Court.
At Princeton, Ramos-Mrosovsky is the founding editor of American Foreign Policy, a fortnightly magazine published by undergraduate students, and he also is a columnist for The Daily Princetonian. He is the founder of the Princeton Committee Against Terrorism.
Last summer, Ramos-Mrosovsky interned in the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism. He also has worked in the New York City mayor's speechwriting office and the U.S. House Committee on Commerce. This summer, he will be working for National Review magazine.
This year's Truman Scholars were chosen from among 635 candidates nominated by 305 U.S. colleges and universities. They will assemble May 18 for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 25.
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