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Pomona Students Earn Prestigious Truman and Goldwater Scholarships; Recent Graduate Lands Prized Carnegie Fellowship

Jesse Last '07, an environmental analysis major at Pomona College, today was named one of 75 Truman Scholars nationwide, chosen from among nearly 600 nominees. The scholarship provides $30,000 to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in government or elsewhere in public service.

Before attending Pomona, Last (pictured at right) served with AmeriCorp’s CityYear Boston where he co-taught a social justice curriculum at the Umana Barnes Middle School. After Pomona, he intends to go on to earn his master's in public administration. Fluent in Spanish, Jesse plans to couple his care for the environment with support of economic development in Latin America.

Meanwhile, three Pomona College students have received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, designed to encourage top students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The one and two year scholarships for undergraduates provide up to $7,500 per year to help pay tuition and other expenses. Daniel D. Hickstein '07, a chemistry major from Bethesda, MD., plans to go on to earn his doctoral degree in physical organic chemistry. Laura E. Rosen '08, a molecular biology major from Kirkland, Wash., intends to earn her doctorate in molecular biology. Carroll L. "Max" Wainwright '07, a physics major from Los Gatos, Calif., plans a doctorate in theoretical physics. This year, three of the four students Pomona nominated received the scholarships, and they are among 323 recipients nationwide.

On the alumni front, Will Talbott '05 has been named one of six 2006-2007 Junior Fellows for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Talbott, who has been working at a public policy think tank in Argentina since graduating, will work in the Endowment's Trade, Equity and Development Program. Junior Fellows conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers and participate in meetings with high-level officials.