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COBE Student, Rachel Gallina, Selected as Truman Scholar

Rachel Gallina, Truman ScholarEconomics student, Rachel Gallina has been selected as a Truman Scholar. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is one of the most prestigious college scholarships in the United States. The Truman Foundation reviewed 768 files from 315 institutions and named 62 exceptional college students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities as 2017 Truman Scholars. Students were selected based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement.

“I am so pleased that Rachel Gallina, one of our outstanding economics students in the College of Business and Economics, has been selected as a Truman Scholar,” said COBE Dean Ken Petersen. “The Truman scholarship is one of the most competitive scholarships in the nation and is a testament to Rachel’s hard work, along with the dedication of our very student-focused faculty at Boise State University.”

Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars 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.

Gallina plans to earn a PhD in socio-legal studies to further explore the way in which societal norms, local and international governing bodies, and the law itself interact, specifically in the politically unstable MENA region.

“I’m humbled, honored and excited to represent the dedication and efforts of so many Boise State University faculty and staff who have helped me in this competition. … I am grateful to the whole Department of Economics for taking me in and creating a wonderful space for me to learn and grow,” Gallina told Professor Zeynep Hansen, chair of the Department of Economics in an email.

Truman Scholars must be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector. Hansen, who worked with Gallina as her internship coordinator and saw Rachel’s dedication.

“Rachel is passionate about empowering Arab women in refugee camps and violent environments,” explains Hansen. “She did an internship at Women for Women in Kosovo where she worked directly with women, offering support and tools to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. It has been rewarding to have a student so focused and altruistic. I know she will make a difference in the world.”

The 2017 Truman Scholars will assemble May 23rd for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and they will receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, on May 28, 2017.

See the list of Truman Scholars here.

Read more about Truman Scholars and the Foundation

There have been 3,139 Truman Scholars selected since the first awards were made in 1977. Prominent Truman Scholars include Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (1987), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (1983), Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (1995), former National Security Advisor Susan Rice (1984), U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (1986), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (1981) and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (1977). Truman Scholars lead at all levels of government and in the nonprofit sector.

The Truman Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 as the living memorial to President Truman and the Presidential Memorial to Public Service. The Foundation’s mission is premised on the belief that a better future relies on attracting to public service the commitment and sound judgment of bright, outstanding Americans. In fact, it was this belief that led President Truman, when approached by a bipartisan group of admirers near the end of his life, to encourage Congress to create a living memorial devoted to this purpose rather than a bricks and mortar monument. For forty years, the Truman Foundation has fulfilled that mission: inspiring and supporting Americans from diverse backgrounds and from across the United States to public service.


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