King Scholarship Winner Adds Truman Prize

King Scholarship Winner Adds Truman Prize

Rufus L. Caine III '03, of Hackensack, NJ, who founded the "Fight For Freedom" campaign that has raised more than $13,000 to liberate hundreds of slaves in Sudan, has been named winner of a Truman Scholarship.

Rufus Caine III (Photo by Justin Knight)
"I have been extremely blessed," said Caine, who is majoring in political science and philosophy, and hopes to attend law school to prepare for a career as a civil rights attorney. His aim, he said, is "to perfect the promise of America in fulfilling its dreams of equality, liberty, justice, and freedom."

Earlier this year, Caine won the University's Martin Luther King Scholarship, given annually to a junior whose achievements reflect the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.

The Truman Scholarship provides $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study, and is awarded on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of "making a difference."

Congress established the Truman Scholarship Foundation as a memorial to the 33rd president. Caine is one of 77 students from across the nation in this year's class of Truman Scholars.

Caine credited BC professors and courses he said have offered special inspiration, including Fundamental Concepts of Political Science, taught by Alice Behnegar, an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

"The class contributed a great deal to who I currently find myself to be," he said. "It was a challenging course with one of the very best professors at BC that showed me the need for things such as justice, equality, virtue and freedom. This class also brought together my passion for politics and philosophy.

"Also, all of my courses in the Honors Program have been extremely beneficial for making me ask some difficult questions and find some hard-found answers - and if not answers, then these classes demanded that I ask the right questions."

Caine also praised the course Eyes on the Prize: An Examination of the Civil Rights Movement, taught by Derrick Evans, a part-time faculty member in the Black Studies Program.

"[It] was an inspiration, and showed me the need our nation has for those who will fight to secure our fundamental rights."

- Mark Sullivan  

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