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N. Joel Moser '04 Selected as a 2003 Truman Scholar

Story posted March 27, 2003

N. Joel Moser '04 is one of 76 students from 63 U.S. colleges and universities to be selected as a 2003 Truman Scholar. The announcement of this year's scholars was made this week by Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

The Bowdoin junior from Northport, Maine, is the first Truman Scholar from the College since 1996. He will join his fellow 2003 scholars at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 25 to receive his award.

Truman scholars are elected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of "making a difference." The 76 scholars were chosen from among 635 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities across the country.

Moser is majoring in government and legal studies and German at Bowdoin. He is currently studying in Berlin, Germany, where he is researching European perceptions to President Bush's "War on Terror." Just a month after 9/11, Moser was instrumental in bringing Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, retired director of U.S. Naval Intelligence, to the Bowdoin campus for lecture on terrorism.

Last year Moser served as a senior staff member of a Congressional campaign devoted to drawing attention to the national health care crisis. His career plans involve state health care policy.

A strong advocate of youth activism, Moser was recently invited by Gov. John Baldacci to help develop a permanent Working Group on Maine Youth.

His other activities include hiking in the Maine woods, singing with the Bowdoin Chamber Choir, and serving on the staff of the American Legion Boys Nation Program in Washington, D.C.

Each Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 -- $3,000 for the student's senior year, and $27,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our 33rd president. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

There have been 2,253 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977. A Bowdoin College student was among the scholars that first year. In 1992 there were three Bowdoin Truman Scholars. Joel Moser is the 13th Bowdoin student to be awarded the prestigious scholarship.

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