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Students are finalists for prestigious scholarship

Posted on March 11, 2011

Two Grand Valley students have been named finalists for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Chris Gale, a public administration and nonprofit management major, and Aubrey McMahan, international relations major, were among 197 finalists selected from 602 national applicants.

Amanda Cuevas, director of Grand Valley's Office of Fellowships, said it's the first time in Grand Valley's history that two students have been named finalists. The federal scholarship is granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

Truman Scholars will be announced at the end of March. Approximately 65 scholars will be selected nationally to receive $30,000 scholarships to help fund their master's degree programs. Scholars are expected to attend premier graduate programs in their respective fields.

Gale, of Holland, works as the middle school program leader at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland. He plans to pursue a master's degree in public administration.

McMahan, of White Lake, plans to pursue a master's degree in foreign service, with aspirations of a career in the U.S. Department of State. Last year, she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and with the Federal Government of Canada. 

Students interested in learning more about the Truman Scholarship should contact Cuevas at or x13219 for more information.

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