Student Named Truman Scholar

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Ryan Quarles


In 2001, UK was named a Harry S. Truman Foundation Honor Institution for exemplary participation in the Harry S. Truman Scholarship program. The award is based on an institution's active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public service and sustained success in helping its students win Truman Scholarships.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2005) -- A University of Kentucky student passionate about farming, public service and leadership is among 75 students awarded the prestigious 2005 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

The Truman Scholarships, which were announced today, are national awards given to college juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership and are devoted to careers in public service.

UK student Ryan Quarles, a native of Georgetown, Ky., is UK’s 11th Truman Scholar. Quarles is the only Truman recipient from Kentucky or a Kentucky college or university.

Quarles’ academic accomplishments are unique. Averaging 24-credit hours per semester, Quarles has a triple major of Agriculture Economics, Public Service and Leadership – both in the College of Agriculture. He also is completing an undergraduate degree in Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. Quarles is set to graduate in December of this year with all three degrees.

In addition, he also is working on a master’s degree in Agriculture Economics and was recently accepted to UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

“I am extremely excited and honored by this award,” said Quarles. “The news is still sinking in. Winning the Truman Fellowship is the highlight of my career at UK and the start of a new one.”

“Ryan is an outstanding young man and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “This is a very prestigious award and the competition for this scholarship is fierce. He joins an elite group of students across the nation and continues UK’s legacy as a Truman Foundation Honor Institution.”

“I have known Ryan since a few weeks before he started classes at UK, and was impressed at that time by his maturity and potential,” said David Bettez, director of UK’s Office of International Affairs.“He has developed into one of the best students, not only at UK, but in the nation. He has tremendous leadership potential, and matches well with the Truman program goal of nurturing a positive ‘change agent’ for the Commonwealth, and indeed the nation.”

The Truman Scholarship is worth $30,000. Of the cash award, $3,000 is earmarked for his senior year and $27,000 for two to three years of graduate study. As a Truman Scholar, he also receives priority admission and supplemental funding at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities with the federal government.

Quarles will join the other scholarship recipients in May for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., where scholarship recipients will receive their awards.

Quarles is the son of Roger and Bonnie Quarles, also of Georgetown.

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