L. Gilbert, a third-year degree candidate from Charleston, S.C.,
has been chosen as one of 61 Truman Scholars for 2000. The scholars,
selected from 599 nominated juniors nationwide, receive $30,000
scholarships toward completing their undergraduate education and
two or three years of graduate study.
a champion of environmental causes, has been active in teaching
and mentoring local students in science. She is completing two
undergraduate theses, one in biology and another in a self-designed
interdisciplinary field spanning anthropology, philosophy, English,
biochemistry and environmental science.
Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual
ability and the likelihood of "making a difference."
Congress established the Truman Scholarship Foundation in 1975
to honor the nation's 33rd president.