UNC Junior Wins $30,000 Truman Scholarship
Lauren McAlee, a junior at UNC from Maryland, has won the distin- guished Truman Scholarship, worth
$30,000 for her senior year and graduate
McAlee, a public
policy and philoso-
phy major, was
among 75 scholars
named in late March
by the Harry Tru-
recipients were cho-
sen from among 602
candidates nominated by 299 colleges and
universities nationwide. McAlee brings
Carolina's number of Truman Scholars to
28 since the first awards in 1977.
McAlee, whose grade point average is
3.936 on a 4.0 scale, is a Robertson Scholar
at Carolina, one ofa group of students
awarded full, four-year merit scholarships to
study at UNC and Duke University.
The scholarship funds summer service
projects - the first in the Southeast; the
second, abroad. McAlee's first two projects
were in Mound Bayou, Miss., and in India,
where she led conversational English classes.
With the Truman, she plans to seek a
master's degree in public policy and educa-
tion. McAlee hopes one day to open a
charter school in a low-income commu-
nity, where she said studies show that chil-
dren lag behind their higher-income peers
in reading and math and are far less likely
to attend college.
In Mound Bayou, a small, predomi-
nantly African-American town, she estab-
lished a summer enrichment program for
underserved girls. This semester she is back
there, creating an after-school enrichment
program for underprivileged high school-
ers, funded by a Burch Fellowship, awarded
to UNC undergraduates for self-created
off-campus learning experiences.
McAlee has worked with a Campus Y
tutoring program for elementary and mid-
dle school students, and helped organize a
college preparation program for minority
students. She co-founded a workshop series
within the Durham Scholars Program, a
UNC tutoring program for children in dis-
advantaged Durham neighborhoods.
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