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Student Receives Truman Scholarship

April 4, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- David S. Rubenstein, junior in Northwestern University’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

A history major with a concentration in Middle East studies, Rubenstein is currently in Cairo studying Arabic language and international affairs. He is also working as a tutor in a refugee program.

Rubenstein has a history of being active in community service, having volunteered at a homeless shelter and taught for the America Reads program. He received an undergraduate research grant last summer, which allowed him to conduct research at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston with former Special Counsel to President Kennedy, Theodore Sorensen.

The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study along with priority admission and supplemental financial aid, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Only 75 students were selected for the scholarship from a pool of 598 candidates nominated by 311 colleges and universities. Scholars were elected by 19 independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.” Recipients must have outstanding leadership and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to America’s 33rd President. The activities of the foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the United States Treasury.

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