Last May, the 2014 Class of Truman Scholars participated in Truman Scholars Leadership Week (TSLW) in Liberty, Missouri. The event, which ran from May 20-25, served as a catalyst for bring the class of 2014 together as part of the Truman community.
Fifty-nine scholars, from 54 different colleges and universities, began the week getting acquainted with one another and with the Truman Foundation. On Wednesday, the group traveled to the greater Kansas City area to engage in service projects with a community food bank, a health services center (KC Care), and a charitable thrift shop (Hillcrest Ministries). Scholars attended a graduate school fair on Thursday - where they met with and heard from representatives frorm the top graduate programs attended by Truman Scholars. By Friday, Scholars enjoyed discussions on how to select a graduate school program as well as how to navigate issues of identity during their public service career. Friday evening was also the scene of a much needed break in the form of a picnic and dance. On Saturday morning, Scholars presented a variety of policy implementation projects that they had been working on over the course of the week. These projects represented a variety of disciplines from public health to urban planning to international relations.
The Awards Weekend officially kicked off on Saturday with a talk by Todd Gloria (CA 99), President of the San Diego, California City Council followed by an evening barbeque and thank you ceremony. Parents, Foundation staff, select Faculty Representatives and event staff all attended the event to celebrate the 2014 class of Truman Scholars. Later that evening, the Scholars heard from Truman Scholar Eric Liu (NY 88), author of The Gardens of Democracy and former speechwriter and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. On Sunday morning, the 2014 Truman Scholars were officially recognized at an Awards Ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. The keynote for the ceremony was Jacqueline Berrien (DC 81), Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and recipient of this year's Elmer Staats Award for Public Service Leadership.
For more information about the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, please see the general information included in our For Scholars section.