The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation selected two Butler juniors, Christopher Jozwiak of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Angela Miller of Madison, Wis., as 2011 national finalists in its scholarship program, which encourages postgraduate studies and careers in public service.
A political science and Spanish major, Jozwiak was one of two finalists from Indiana. Miller was one of five Wisconsin finalists; she is majoring in international studies and Spanish. Overall, 264 colleges and universities nominated 602 candidates for the 60 available scholarships.
Mariangela Maguire, associate director of CHASE (Butler’s Center for High Achievement and Scholarship Engagement), mentored Miller and Jozwiak through the extensive Truman Scholarship application process. Nominees must have a GPA in the top 20 percent of their class, a strong record of political activity, experience as a change agent and a clear idea of their graduate education plans and public service career goals.
The two Butler finalists more than met those criteria, she said.
“Both have strong academic records, including advanced study of a foreign language,” Maguire said. “Each spent a semester abroad, Christopher in Spain and Angela in Mexico. “Angela enrolled in Butler’s Washington D.C. semester, where she was an intern for Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.). Christopher served as an intern for Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.) and for Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.
“Their involvement in politics includes work on political campaigns. Angela worked to elect President Obama, and Christopher worked on the campaigns of Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Sen. Mike Obergfell.”
Miller hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at Columbia University and to serve as a policy advisor on sustainable development.
Jozwiak intends to pursue a law degree at Emory University after graduating from Butler. After law school he will seek military service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Both also met the Truman Scholarship criteria of making a lasting impact on their communities, Maguire said. Jozwiak founded Bulldogs for Life during his sophomore year. Miller created a mentoring program for International Studies majors and co-founded the Butler Bicycle Coalition.
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