School of Public Policy to Work with Truman Scholarship Foundation

Posted: January 26, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

The School of Public Policy (SPP) has been selected to develop and host a fellows program for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Chosen over four other area institutions, the winning proposal was submitted by Lee Fritschler, professor, and Catherine Rudder, associate dean of academic affairs.

Beginning this September, Fritschler and Rudder will teach a two-semester public policy seminar to be attended by the fellows. Truman Fellows are typically college graduates from across the United States who have exceptional leadership potential and are committed to careers in public service. Approximately 20 fellows will be selected to participate in Mason’s program while also interning at government agencies and organizations. Upon completion of the program, the students will enroll in a graduate degree program of their choice.

The foundation cited the creativity of Fritschler and Rudder’s proposed educational program and Mason’s experience of providing graduate education to working professionals with similar public policy interests as its reasons for selecting the School of Public Policy. The foundation expressed its pleasure and anticipation of an association with Mason that will benefit both institutions.

“Fritschler and Rudder submitted an impressive proposal,” says James Finkelstein, SPP senior associate dean. “The selection panel was impressed not only with our program, but with the quality of our faculty and SPP’s energy and enthusiasm. This is a real coup for us.”

The foundation, which was established by Congress in honor of the 33rd president, provides opportunities for outstanding students to prepare for careers in public service.

Truman prizes are among the most highly coveted awards in the United States, with only 75 to 80 fellows selected each year to receive scholarships up to $30,000 for graduate study.

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