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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
A Dartmouth College junior who plans to work in international public health is among the 65 college and university students chosen as 2007 Truman Scholars. The scholarship provides college juniors bound for graduate school with $30,000 as well as priority in admissions to top graduate institutions, supplemental financial aid, and internship opportunities within the federal government.
Zachary A. Kaufman, 20, from Madison, WI, said he plans to use the scholarship to obtain a master's degree in public health with a focus on international health, and to enter the public health arena in the Caribbean or Latin America, dealing with government and international agencies but also working directly with people and communities. "The Truman scholarships are targeted at 'change agents,' and a change agent in public health needs to serve both at the grassroots and policy level," Kaufman said.
Kaufman already has had significant experiences in his chosen field. As a sophomore, he served as a medical translator and research assistant for a medical team in rural Nicaragua (he is fluent in Spanish), as part of an educational service trip sponsored by Dartmouth's William Jewett Tucker Foundation. Under a Tucker Fellowship this past winter, he helped develop a sports-based, adolescent-targeted HIV prevention program in Haitian migrant communities in the Dominican Republic. He also conducted medical anthropology research in those communities, funded by a Raynold's International Expedition Grant and Dickey Center Undergraduate Research Grant. He intends to complete a special major in Health and Society in Latin America.
In addition, Kaufman has experience working in nonprofit organizations. He co-founded Dartmouth Ends Hunger, a Tucker Foundation-sponsored group aiming to bring issues of world poverty to the forefront on campus; is founder and director of Lose The Shoes, a barefoot charity soccer tournament started at Dartmouth that is now in action on 10 college campuses around the country; and has worked for the past nine months for Grassroot Soccer, an HIV/AIDS prevention program focused in sub-Saharan Africa, founded by Dr. Thomas Clark, a 1992 Dartmouth graduate.
The Truman Scholars were selected from among 585 candidates nominated by 280 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed finalists from colleges and universities in a three-to-four state region and generally elected one scholar from each state and one at-large scholar from the region. Each panel typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner. Scholarship recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector. The 2007 scholars' names were announced Tuesday, March 27, by former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
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