USC student named finalist for Truman Scholarship
Daniel J. Hains, a junior majoring in political science at the University of South Carolina, has been named a finalist for a Truman Scholarship. Hains, also a McNair scholar and member of the South Carolina Honors College, will interview in Washington, D.C., on March 25 for the scholarship.
An active community volunteer, Hains has worked as a tutor and mentor in the Waverly After School Program and other volunteer roles to support the development of underprivileged children. He has also interned at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., while studying in the Washington Semester Program. Hains plans graduate study in public policy with a concentration in American politics to prepare for work in the field of education policy and reform.
Highly competitive and prestigious, the $30,000 Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 juniors nationally for superior academic ability, a strong record of service and leadership and plans for careers in public service. This year, 197 finalists have been named from 134 institutions across the U.S.
USC Truman candidates are evaluated and nominated by a USC scholarship committee chaired by Shelley Smith in the department of sociology. Other members of the University Truman Committee include David Simmons (anthropology and public health), Steven Burritt (USC 1995 Truman scholar), George Geckle (English), Don Fowler (political science) and Robert Felix (School of Law).
The students were assisted by the University’s Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, which provides advisement and support to students competing for national fellowships. USC has had six Truman Scholars. Recent USC Truman Scholars include Asma Jaber in 2007, Thomas Scott in 2006, Jeremy Wolfe in 2004, and Lara Bratcher in 2003.
Hains is the son of Liz and Phil Hains of Concord, N.C., and graduated from Jay M. Robinson High School.