The scholars selected from the notoriously competitive Truman Scholarship applicant pool are widely known as energetic leaders from a variety of disciplines who have in common the desire to make a difference, to bring about sustainable positive change, and to serve the greater public good. Wild about Harry makes the Truman Scholarship application process transparent to applicants and their advisors. This collection of essays teaches readers how to gain the most from the application process, how to connect past involvement and successes to future academic and career goals, how to approach interviews, and how to embrace the opportunity if selected for an award.
About the Author
Suzanne McCray is vice provost for enrollment services, dean of admissions, and director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at the University of Arkansas.
Tara Yglesias is the deputy executive secretary of the Truman Foundation and has been involved in the selection of Truman Scholars for twenty years.
Former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright is president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
“Wild about Harry provides guidance from the Truman Foundation and from seasoned advisors engaged in the application process, from the initial stage in coaching students to the end stage as readers and interviewers in the national selection effort. It is a must-read for advisors and for the students they are assisting through the Truman Scholarship process.”
—Alicia Hayes, prestigious scholarships manager, University of California, Berkeley
“The wit and candor that define this collection will help scholarship advisors—whether they are heading into their first nomination cycle or their fifteenth—refine their understanding of the Truman’s mission and push us all to reconsider what success, leadership, and public service may look like.”
—Kelly Thornburg, director of scholar development, University of Iowa
“This is the book I have been waiting for . . . a welcome invitation to understand the Truman Scholarship ethos from the scholars, administrators, and leaders who make it happen.”
—LaNitra M. Berger, senior director of the Office of Fellowships, George Mason University