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Jonathan Cardinal '08, of Ogdensburg, and Charlotta Chung '08, of Clifton Park, NY, are among the 200 students from 129 institutions selected as finalists for the 2007 Truman Scholarships.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, the Summer Institute, the Truman Fellows Program and the Public Service Law Conference. The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Cardinal is participating in St. Lawrence's program at American University in Wshington, D.C. for the spring 2006 semester, and participating in an internship in the office of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. During the summer of 2006, Cardinal completed the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program. A government major, he is a past president of the Thelomathesian Society (student government organization) and is president of the SLU Democrats. Cardinal has participated in Model United Nations, Habitat for Humanity, the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and Circle K, a service organization. Cardinal has also participated in a course that brought students to inner-city Los Angeles to train students in anti-bullying measures, which they then demonstrated in local schools.

Chung, a sociology and government major participating in St. Lawrence's program of study in Denmark, is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary. She was awarded a 2006 University Fellowship, researching the topic "In God We Trust: Examining the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Community." Chung is president of the University's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

More information: Truman Scholarship Foundation Web site

Posted: February 21, 2007

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