CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Cameron McCord (Springfield, Va.) was recently awarded one of 54 Harry S. Truman Scholarships for 2012. The scholarships include $30,000 for graduate study for those committed to careers in government or the non-profit sector.
A three-year member of the MIT men's soccer team, McCord has received a pair of NEWMAC academic all-conference selections. Majoring in both nuclear engineering and physics, he is a student in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, as well as a platoon commander of a Navy ROTC unit. McCord has worked at the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a career in nuclear energy safety and nuclear nonproliferation.
Along with the $30,000 scholarship, Truman 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, and be in the top quarter of their class.
Established by Congress in 1975, the Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury.