April 10, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University women's basketball junior forward Jessica Wamala has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Wamala is one of 60 individuals out of nearly 600 applicants to earn the scholarship.
Wamala, a native of Milford, N.H., is a Honors Political Science and Arab and Islamic Studies major. She hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Policy.
"Being a 2012 Truman Scholar means a great deal to me," said Wamala. "This amazing opportunity is only the beginning of my impact as a public servant. I am so excited to have the support and resources to help me dive into a challenging career and realize my potential as a global agent of change."
The mission of the Harry S. Truman 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.
"We are extremely proud of Jessica," said veteran Wildcats head coach Harry Perretta. "This is a very prestigious honor. Jessica is a high level student who excels in the classroom. It is nice to see her rewarded for her hard work."
Candidates must be college juniors at the time of selection. The scholarship winners receive up to $30,000 in funding to pursue graduate degrees in a specific public service field. The Truman Foundation will also provide the scholarship winners with assistance in career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development.