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UH Hilo student named 2005 Truman Scholar

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Date: Thursday, March 31, 2005
Contact: Dr. Regina Titunik, 974-7356

For Immediate Release

Mark J. Farrell

A junior attending the University of Hawai`i at Hilo is among 75 students selected nationwide from 65 U.S. colleges and universities as 2005 Truman Scholars.

Mark J. Farrell, who is majoring in political science with a minor in history, was selected from among 602 candidates nominated by 299 colleges and universities. Scholars were elected by 19 independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of “making a difference.”

As a Truman Scholar, Farrell will receive $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Farrell’s areas of interest have focused on war theory and public policy with a special emphasis on Europe. His Truman Scholarship policy proposal addressed the issue of admitting women into combat forces. He plans to pursue a career in government with the U.S. State Department or Department of Defense specializing in military personnel and troop readiness issues.

Farrell currently serves as general manager of University Radio Hilo, the student run radio station he helped found. He has also been active in the Political Science and History Clubs, and is a member of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta.

“This is a tremendous privilege to be selected as a Truman Scholar, representing this excellent institution and my home state of Alaska,” Farrell said. “I am especially grateful to Dr. Regina Titunik, whose help and guidance made this possible."

Farrell is the third UH Hilo student to earn the scholarship since Titunik became the University’s Truman Faculty Representative. He joins Becky Kawaihae Simmons, who won the Truman Scholarship in 2000 and Kelli Keolani Marciel, who received the award in 1997.

“It has been a real pleasure serving in this capacity,” said Titunik, an Associate Professor of Political Science. “We have some really great students at UH Hilo, and it is rewarding to see them receive the recognition they deserve.”

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as a federal memorial to the nation’s thirty-third President, and awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. A total of 2,405 Truman Scholars have been selected since the first awards were made in 1977.

Farrell will assemble with the 2005 Truman Scholarship recipients on May 15, 2005 for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and receive his award in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri on May 22, 2005.

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