Lynch School Junior Wins Truman Scholarship

Lynch School Junior Wins Truman Scholarship

Jonathan Evans LSOE '04 of Tunkhannock, Pa., has won a Truman Scholarship after helping lead a campus campaign for coffee with a conscience.

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."

Evans helped coordinate a successful drive to have so-called Fair Trade coffee exclusively served in Boston College's six dining halls, and made consistently available as a choice at the Starbucks' outlet in the student union.

The BC effort was part of a nationwide campus movement backed by Oxfam America to urge the sale of Fair Trade coffee, imported and roasted under a system that guarantees small-scale coffee farmers an equitable price for their crop.

The 250 gallons of coffee drunk each week in BC dining halls are now Fair Trade, as a result of the lobbying by Evans and Timothy Wientzen '04, of Prairie Village, Kan.

Evans is studying this semester in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is researching the effects of HIV/AIDS in public-school classrooms. He plans to seek a master's degree, and to pursue a career in education and school community reform.

Boston College students have enjoyed marked success in the competition for Truman Scholarships in recent years. A BC student has won a Truman in four of the past six years. In the past two years, five of eight BC students nominated have been named finalists, and two have won Trumans.

"The reason for BC's success is that BC students are particularly well-suited to the Truman," said Assoc. Prof. Kenji Hayao (Political Science), who coordinates campus applications for the scholarship.

"Many of our students are very much committed to public service, as reflected in the popularity of PULSE and 4Boston," he said.

"In this regard, I don't think our recent success is a streak of good fortune. Given the type of students we have, I expect BC students to be in the running every year."

-Mark Sullivan

 

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