Jay Varellas was one of 70
Truman Scholars named nationwide from among 592 candidates nominated by 303 colleges and
26, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) James
(Jay) J. Varellas III, of Lexington, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at the
University of Kentucky, has been selected to receive a $30,000 Harry S. Truman
Scholarship. He is the eighth UK student to
win this award.
one of 70 recipients nationwide, was selected from among 592 candidates nominated by 303
colleges and universities. An additional six
to 10 scholars are expected to be announced on Monday, April 2. Of the cash award, $3,000 is earmarked for his
senior year and $27,000 for two or three years of graduate study. Truman Scholars also receive priority admission
and supplemental funding at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training,
career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities within the
Truman Scholarship is a living memorial honoring our thirty-third president," said Kate Johnson, academic coordinator for the UK
Honors Program. "It is a very
prestigious award given to only a handful of students nationwide each year. The competition is very fierce."
will join the other scholarship recipients on May 20 for a week-long leadership
development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He will receive his award in a special ceremony at
the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. on May 27, 2001.
Scholarships are awarded on merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and
universities. These students have
exceptional academic records, extensive backgrounds in public and community service, are
committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service and have outstanding
leadership potential and communication skills.
Public service is crucial to the Truman
Scholarship and Jay lives and breathes in the political
world. He thinks globally, and thats been quite an inspiration to me, said Dan
Rowland, history professor and director of the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities.
Varellas' parents are attorneys and he believes he will end up in law school at some
the lawyers who are most effective at creating change in our society," Varellas said.
day we see things that could be better, things we can do to improve people's lives...like
getting people more access to their government. We
need to figure out ways to build political structures to help people get in touch with the
government," he added.
very fortunate to win this scholarship and feel I have a responsibility to share what I've
learned with others," he said. "There
are many students on this campus who are just as qualified to win this award as I am, I
just got lucky."
22, a history major with a topical second major in International Development, is the son
of James and Sandra Varellas, both graduates of the UK College of Law. He is a graduate of Sayre High School in
more information on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, visit www.truman.gov.