CSU, Chico News

Student Named Finalist in National Graduate Scholarship

Date: 03-10-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Truman Scholarship Recognizes Public Service Leadership

California State University, Chico political science major Sami Elamad has been named a finalist in the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an elite award granting up to $30,000 for graduate school costs.

Awarded annually by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the scholarship supports the education and professional development of young people committed to public service leadership.

Elamad, who expects to earn his bachelor’s degree in May 2017, is among 197 finalists selected from nearly 800 applicants. Finalists hail from Stanford, Harvard, Notre Dame, Yale and Brown universities, among others. He is one of just two students in the CSU system to advance in the selection process.

At CSU, Chico, Elamad has been heavily involved in civic and service activities, coordinating the University’s voter registration drive and interning at the Community Legal Information Center. He has also competed on the Speech and Debate Team and volunteered as a language partner at the American Language and Culture Institute.

Currently, he serves as student governor on the University Foundation Board of Governors, chair of the Associated Students (AS) subcommittee on voter registration and secretary of the AS Legislative Affairs Committee, among other activities. A history minor, Elamad plans to attend law school after graduation, focusing on constitutional law and civil liberties. He is considering earning a master’s in business administration or a master’s in public policy concurrently.

For a shot at one of approximately 60 scholarships, he will interview with a panel of former Truman Scholars on Wednesday, March 23, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

To help him prepare, history professor Robert Tinkler, Regional & Continuing Education Dean Debra Barger and political science professors Alan Gibson and Darin Haerle have formed a mock interview panel and are simulating scenarios Elamad may face later this month.

“I’m very grateful for this unrivaled community of faculty willing to step up to the plate in your time of need—it’s unbelievable,” Elamad said. “It’s a true testament to the caliber of people at the institution.”

Since its creation in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars. Learn more about the foundation and the scholarship at www.truman.gov.