Chapel Hill resident wins nationally competitive Truman Scholarship

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Forrest High School graduate Brooks Lamb recently was awarded a Truman Scholarship. Brooks is a history major at Rhodes College in Memphis.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recently announced the names of 54 exceptional college juniors out of 775 candidates selected as 2016 Truman Scholars.

In 1975, the Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress as a federal memorial to the 23rd President, Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders, and the Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States. Candidates go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process.

Lamb, who graduated from Forrest High School in Chapel Hill has developed a passion for farm and natural land conservation, leading to a summer internship with the Land Trust for Tennessee. Another internship with Overton Park Conservancy in Memphis provided him the opportunity to lead volunteers, develop new programs, and begin a book project that seeks to tell the park's history through personal perspectives. On campus, Lamb participates in the Bonner Scholarship Program, serves as Honor Council president, and works as a research assistant for Prof. Tim Huebner's newest book on American constitutional history. He plans to pursue a J.D., concentrating on environmental law.

The 2016 Truman Scholars will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on May 29. 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.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences located in Memphis, Tenn. It aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.