April 15, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 15
University Is Named as Truman Honor Institution
"Give 'em fellowships, Harry" might have been the toast at a recent luncheon honoring Boston College for its students' success in landing Truman Scholarships.
The executive secretary of the Harry S Truman Scholarship foundation visited campus April 5 to formally cite Boston College as a Truman Honor Institution.
The designation was granted BC last year in recognition of the University's exemplary participation in the scholarship program named for the 32nd president that supports students aspiring to public service.
The Truman carries $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."
A Boston College student has won a Truman in five of the past seven years. This year's Truman winner, Presidential Scholar Joseph Halli '05, of Northport, Ala., plans to put the award toward graduate studies in law and social work.
At a luncheon in the Thompson Room of Burns Library attended by several past winners, Truman Foundation Executive Secretary Louis Blair recognized BC's encouragement of public service and success in helping students win Trumans.
"There is something special about the students from the Jesuit institutions," Blair said. "You have a set of values, a perspective, a moral grounding our society needs. It's essential to society today. May I applaud you?"
A plaque was accepted by University President William Leahy, SJ, and campus Truman coordinator Assoc. Prof. Kenji Hayao (Political Science). "This reinvigorates our efforts to carry on in the tradition of Harry Truman, that Man from Missouri," said Fr. Leahy, noting his roots in Iowa made him "almost a Missourian."
President Truman also was recalled in welcoming remarks by Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser, who noted the contribution made toward BC's Truman successes by Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science) as director of the University Fellowships Committee, and by current and former Truman coordinators Hayao and Prof. Jennie Purnell (Political Science).
-Mark Sullivan •