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Bowdoin Receives Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award

Story posted September 02, 2010

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, a living memorial to the nation's 33rd president, a man dedicated to education and public service, has designated the College a 2010 Truman Foundation Honor Institution.

President Barry Mills accepted the award on behalf of the College at Bowdoin's Convocation ceremony Sept. 1, 2010.

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The 2010 Truman Foundation Honor Institution award was presented during Convocation by Truman Foundation Executive Secretary Frederick Slabach (right), who praised Bowdoin's Director of Student Fellowships and Research Cindy Stocks (left) and 2010 Truman Scholar Kyle Dempsey '11 (center).

A plaque was presented by Frederick Slabach, executive secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, who, upon taking the podium, praised what he called the academic firepower — in both the students and faculty — in attendance in Pickard.

Slabach oversees the Truman Foundation's annual selection of the approximately 60 students culled from a field of 600 college juniors from across the country who will receive merit-based scholarships toward graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.

He noted that it was "especially remarkable" that Bowdoin has produced 14 Truman Scholars over the years.

The latest, Kyle Dempsey '11, received the award earlier this year. Dempsey is a bio-chemistry major with plans to pursue both a medical degree and a master's in public health.

"It's a tribute to Cindy Stocks, director of student fellowships and research," said Slabach. "It's also a reflection of the many talented faculty, staff and students. Congratulations, all of you, on an outstanding record of service."

The Truman Foundation Honor Institution award is based on the active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public service and requires that its recipients demonstrate sustained success in helping its students win Truman Scholarships. Another of the award's criteria is that the recipient college must currently have a Truman Scholar.

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