NEW YORK, March 25, 2008 – David L.V. Bauer, a junior majoring in chemistry and member of the Class of 2009 at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been selected as a 2008 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. It is one the most prestigious and competitive national scholarship programs, awarding between 60 and 65 scholarships annually to a field of 600 – 700 nominated candidates.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected from an amazingly talented pool of candidates,” said Mr. Bauer. “City College has provided me with a nurturing environment where I not only gained a solid foundation in the sciences, but also came to see how my work impacted New York City and the world at large.” The Bronx resident, who is the 2005 First Prize Winner in the Intel Science Talent Search and a 2007 Goldwater Scholar, said he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the sciences after graduation.
Mr. Bauer, a Bronx resident who is spending the Spring 2008 semester conducting research on DNA sequencing at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, is the second Truman Scholar from CCNY in four years. In 2005, Claudio Simpkins, a political science and philosophy major from Queens, was selected.
“When he decided to come to City College, we knew David was an exceptional student, and we expected him to accomplish a very great deal here,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York. “He has met – and exceeded – those expectations, and on behalf of our faculty, students and staff I congratulate him on this stellar achievement.”
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. Its mission is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of career and graduate study interests, community service and academic achievement. This year, there were 211 finalists who interviewed for the scholarship, including another CCNY student, Lindsay White, a SEEK student majoring in political science and psychology in the City College Honors Program.
About The City College of New York
For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.