A University of Kentucky student has been given a prestigious national scholarship that will help pay for graduate study in public service.
Grace Trimble of Winchester, a junior political science major who plays on the UK tennis team, was awarded the Truman Scholarship on Wednesday. She will receive $30,000 from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
The Truman Scholarships are given to college juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership and are devoted to careers in public service. Recipients are required to work in public service at least three of the seven years following completion of their graduate program. Trimble was among 59 scholars nationwide selected by the Truman Foundation from 655 candidates nominated for the annual scholarship for graduate study.
UK has had 13 Truman Scholars, including current state Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who has said his 2005 scholarship inspired him to go directly into politics.
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In addition to the scholarship, scholars 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.
In her application, Trimble said her family could not afford to pay for top-level tennis lessons, but her coach, Joanne Wallen, helped her financially. That inspired Trimble to start a non-profit that provides tutoring and tennis lessons to underprivileged students.
"I hope to use the platform I have been provided through the Truman Scholarship to take my program to a new level and reach thousands more," Trimble said in a statement.