CU-Boulder Places Three Students In Truman Scholarship Finals

Published: March 16, 1997

Three undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder are finalists for 1997 Truman Scholarships in the nationwide competition.

The students, Michelle Gawerc, Ranya Ghuma and Phillip Juengst, have been interviewed for the scholarship, which awards up to $30,000 for students who demonstrate leadership ability, academic achievement, commitment to public service and potential to “make a difference.”

All are juniors in the CU-Boulder Honors Program. As many as 65 winners will be named on March 27 by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation of Washington, D.C. The award pays for the senior year and two or three years of graduate study.

The three CU-Boulder students are the only finalists to be selected who are attending a Colorado school. This year 202 students were selected from 147 U.S. colleges and universities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Gawerc, a junior in intercultural communication and peace and conflict studies, is from Denver. She is on a Study Abroad program this semester in Israel and after graduation plans to do graduate work in international affairs.

Ghuma, a junior studying political science, is from Greeley. She is on a Study Abroad program in Egypt and plans to study international law following graduation.

Juengst, a junior from Boulder, is studying political science and vocal music. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.