Pamela Dawn McElwee, Kansas University sophomore from Lawrence, is among 92 students selected nationally to receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
She is the only Kansan to win in the 1990 competition.
McElwee will receive up to $7,000 a year for as many as four years to pay for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress as a memorial to the 33rd president, selected the recipients. Selection is based on the student's academic standing, interest in public service, potential for leadership in goverment, writing and analytical abilities, and interviews with foundation representatives.
The awards ceremony will be June 3 at the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Mo.
McElwee, daughter of Carl and Margery McElwee, Rt. 2, is majoring in political science and environmental studies. She has a long-range goal of running for the U.S. Congress, either as a senator or representative.
Her immediate plans call for serving in the Peace Corps and then seeking a graduate degree in public policy. Her goals include working to help people underrepresented in government.
One Truman scholar is selected from each state, and up to 55 additional recipients may be chosen. Nearly 1,300 students were nominated nationally for the scholarship in December 1989. Their applications, which included 600-word essays on public policy issues, were evaluated in December by regional review panels.