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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Ibrahim Elshamy, a Dartmouth undergraduate who is a double major in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Native American Studies, is among the 60 college and university students chosen as 2009 Truman Scholars. The scholarship awards up to $30,000 to college juniors to pursue graduate studies in public service fields and also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.
Elshamy, from Manchester, NH, is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2009 who will graduate in 2010. He says he plans to use the scholarship to obtain a law degree in international and comparative law and eventually play a role in improving U.S. policy in the Middle East. Elshamy says, “I want to learn and work my way into a position where I can advocate for silenced and oppressed voices, making an extra effort to listen and call for attention.”
Elshamy already has significant experience in public service. As a junior, he provided holistic mentoring for refugees in Egypt. In this role, he taught English, assisted refugees with emigration and other official paperwork, and arranged for additional groups of volunteers. Earlier in his college career Elshamy met with the Manchester School Board to reexamine public policies and facilitated community discussion over the Internet. He made two service trips to areas afflicted by Hurricane Katrina, and he currently meets weekly with Upper Valley elementary school students as a tutor and reading mentor. He has served as an undergraduate advisor since his sophomore year, and as the Student Director of Education for the Tucker Foundation since early 2009.
In addition to the Truman Scholarship, Elshamy has received awards including the Mellon Mays Foundation Fellowship, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a Dartmouth Presidential Scholarship and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. Last spring he was selected to be a member of Dartmouth’s Palaeopitus society, a senior leadership group, and earlier this year he was also selected to join the College’s prestigious Casque and Gauntlet senior society.
The 60 Truman Scholars were selected from among 601 candidates nominated by 289 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed finalists from a 3 - 4 state region and generally elected one winner from each state and one at-large winner from the region. Each panel typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner. 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 not-for-profit sector. Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced this year’s winners.
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