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Jake Heller ’07: Truman Would be Proud

Truman Scholarship

Junior Jake Heller has earned the distinguished honor of receiving a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Only 75 of 700 Truman Scholar candidates are selected for this special honor. Pitzer College is the only college with less than 1,000 students to ever be awarded a Truman Fellowship.

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 credits several Pitzer professors for being influential in his studies and future career aspirations: Linus Yamane, Tom Ilgen and Nigel Boyle. He will pursue graduate studies in public policy.

“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.
Other achievements include the Deborah Bach Kallick ’78 Community Service Award (2005), 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), for study on international debt forgiveness.