Nicolas Heidorn '06 has been awarded a $30,000 Truman Scholarship, one of 75 scholars selected from 602 candidates nominated by 299 colleges. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1975, awards graduate school scholarships to help prepare students for careers in government and public service.
"I am truly honored to be a Truman Scholar," says Heidorn. "The whole experience was very rewarding. The application process forced me to sit down and examine where I want my life to go and the award will definitely assist me with graduate school. The Foundation also offers training, resources, and internships that will help me to build my academic and professional skills and to get a meaningful job in public service."
A government and literature double major, Heidorn has been a research assistant at CMC's Rose Institute of State and Local Government and The Independent Institute, an Oakland-based think tank, and served as an office aide for former governor and mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown. He currently is researching the emergence of Taiwanese nationalist identity on a fellowship from the Union Bank of California, offered through the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, while completing a Washington Program internship in the United States Senate.
Heidorn and other 2005 Truman Scholars will participate in a weeklong leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., prior to receiving his award in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence on May 22.