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University of Portland student Sarah Donohoe awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

University of Portland student Sarah Donohoe has been awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Donohoe, a biology major, is from Juneau, Alaska. This is the second Truman Scholarship recipient from the University of Portland; the first was Geoffrey Painter in 2000. Donohoe is one of 59 Truman Scholarship recipients for the 2014 scholarships.

"Winning the Truman Scholarship honors every mentor I've had in my life who has taught me to love wilderness and develop a heart for conservation,” Donohoe said. “I am ecstatic, not only that I've been blessed by this, but also that God is opening doors for me to pursue my calling as His partner in stewardship of the Earth."

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation reviewed 655 applications from 294 institutions for this year’s scholarship. Students were selected based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement. The foundation’s finalist selection committee chose 204 students from 138 institutions who were interviewed this March and April.

Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the non-profit sector. There have been 2,965 Truman Scholars selected since the first awards were made in 1977.

Donohoe and the 2014 Truman Scholars will assemble May 22 for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. They will receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on May 25. 

Last year, Donohoe was also a recipient of an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This scholarship comes with funding for both junior and senior years as well as a summer internship. Recipients are students who have a background in marine science and who are planning to pursue a career in some aspect of marine science. Donohoe is the first University of Portland student to win a Hollings Scholarship.

As a living memorial to the 33rd United States President, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe.

For more information, please contact John Orr, assistant to the Provost and  Director of Honors & Fellowships and Grants, at 503-943-7286 or

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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