2005-2006 Academic Year

Jake Heller '07: Truman Would be Proud

Jake Heller '07
Jake Heller '07 is Pitzer College's second Truman scholar.

Junior Jake Heller has earned the distinguished honor of being the second ever recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship at Pitzer College. Only 75 of 700 Truman Scholar candidates are selected for this special honor.

The mission of the scholarship foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

A double major in Political Studies and Economics, Jake opted to attend Pitzer to avoid the typical number crunching undergraduate education devoid of the human aspect of most major universities. He appreciates the accessibility of Pitzer professors and the small class sizes.

Jake credits several Pitzer professors for being influential in his studies and future career aspirations: Linus Yamane, Tom Ilgen and Nigel Boyle. He will pursue his graduate studies in the public policy area to develop his skills in public service, community service, non-profit or government service. “I would like to attend law school at Stanford because they have a technology focus on policy and law,” Jake said.

“One of my proudest moments was working with Claremont High School in the Computer in Every Home project, which was made possible through the Katie Lawson ’73 Memorial Fund,” he said.

Jake Heller '07 with President Laura Trombley, Professor of Economics Jim Lehman, Professor of Anthropology Dan Segal, and Dean of Faculty Alan Jones.
Other achievements include the Deborah Bach Kallick ’78 Community Service Award (2005), in which he was one of two students awarded for sustained commitment to community service; Parliamentary Debate Nationals (2004), in which he placed third among 300-plus competitors; Freeman Foundation Japan Economic Study Scholar (2005), as one of 12 students funded to travel to Japan to study the Asian economy; and A World Connected Scholarship (2005), awarded for study on international debt forgiveness.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. For more information about the Truman Scholarship, go to www.truman.gov