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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 7, 1997
Rose receives honor P

By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
Former MSA President Fiona Rost;
was recently named one of this year's 77
Truman Scholars who hail from around
the country.
The Truman Scholarship is a
$30,000 grant that can be used to pay
for graduate r
school. It is award-
ed to exceptional
students that have
exemplary leader-
ship potential, have
excelled academi-
cally and have
expressed a desire
to be a "change
agent" for the Rose
A "change agent" - a Truman
Foundation term - describes a student
who in the future plans to work for the
good of the public in either government
or public service organizations.
Rose, an LSA senior, said she plans to
come back to the state of Michigan after
attending graduate school to work with
Michigan's public education system.
"I'm interested in education," Rose
said, adding that she wants to help the
children of Michigan become "good
Rose is the only University student to
win the scholarship this year, and is one
of only three winners in the state.
The award itself is prestigious, and the
process of being confirmed as a Truman
Scholar is intense. Before becoming an
official contender for the award, every

hopeful must first be nominated by their
university. Director Ruth Scodel of the
L SA Honors Program wvas in charge of
selecting this year's University nominee.
Scodel said that she nominates people
purely on a basis of their ability to wi.
"My attitude is that I'm completely
cynical about the whole thing:' Scodel
said. "I sure don't like letting Harvard
or Yale win honors more often than I
have to."
Scodel said Rose was qualified for the
honor due to her record of academic
excellence and extracurricular activity.
Scodel also said that Rose's personal
background would help her stand out
from other nominees.
After being selected, the University's
nominee must write a policy analysis,
which proposes a solution to a real life
policy problem while weighing its posi-
tive and negative effects.
From the report and the student's aca-
demic transcript, a number of finalists
are chosen.
The finalists are then interviewed by
five-member panels selected by the
Truman Foundation. Typically, panelists
are drawn from a pool ofuniversity pres-
idents, deans, professors, state judges
and former Truman Scholars.
Rose said the 20-minute interview
was intense.
"We try to structure our interviews so
that they are challenging," said
Brandenberg. "We like to see that our
applicants have a commitment to self."
After graduation, Rose said she
intends to pursue her graduate degree at
the John F. Kenntedy School of
Government at Harsard Untiversity.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Maya Angelou spoke, sang and recited poetry at the Women's Initiative for Self-
Employment 10th anniversary banquet and awards ceremony at the Ypsilanti Marriott on Friday, May 2.
Hopwood awards give $50,000,to
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By Beth Koivunen and recipient of $4,750.
For the Daily The panel ofjudges traditionally con-
When University alumnus Avery sists of nationally-known writers and
Hopwood wrote his will in 1922, lie left distinguished University faculty who
one-fifth of his estate to promote and evaluate essay, fiction, poetry and
encourage University students' creative drama/screenplay entries. [his year 205
writing. manuscripts were submitted for compe-
The contributions of Hopwood and tition.
others helped to implement the "The judges look for potential as well
tHopwood Program, which awarded as achievement? said Andrea
more than $50.000 to University stu- Beauchatp, Program Associate for the
& )it Y ou r dents this year alone. Hopwood Program.
"The Hopwonds were established to According to Hopwwood's will, all
4 give student writers not only the finan- writers and styles of writing are wel-
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but also to give them a sense of emo- radical shall be especially etcouraged."
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career it writing. said the Hopwos
Program encourages her to keep writin,
and "the sense of community that (the
Hopwood Program) fosters is one of the
main assets to the Master of Fine Arts
In addition to the Avery and Jule
Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing,
the Hopwood Program also administers
numerous fellowship competitions and
writing contests to University students
LSA sophomore Aric Knuth, the 194
winner of the $1,200 Dennis Melntyre
Prize for Distinction in Playwriting, said
the entire Hopwood Program is "really
"It encourages people in the (writing)
field and lets them know that what they
are doing is being recsgtnized by some-
one and that they should keep doing it,"
Knuth said.
Knuth, who was one of only three
sophomores to wiii an award, said st -
dents should not feel discouraged ab
entering the Hopwood Program because
of their age.
"Each new work is a stepping stone,"
Knuth said. "Just write about what you
know. Writing in general is all about that
little spark in someone. Write for your-
self And if yout donttisin a I hop\icood.
don't let it discourage yos."
Each year a distinguished writer, often
who is also a former Ihopwood w.
ner, delivers the keynote address at tW
awards ceremony. Philip Lavine, a
Puliiter Prize iitining author. lecturesh at
tlls years ceremony.

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