EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has chosen an East Millinocket native and Bowdoin College student as the recipient of the 2010 Truman scholarship.
Kyle Dempsey was chosen over another Maine finalist and from a pool of 176 students from 122 colleges and universities from around the country.
Dempsey is majoring in biochemistry and plans to pursue a medical degree as well as a master’s in public health. He is Bowdoin’s Student Government treasurer and chairman of the Student Activities and Funding Committee.
“I view this scholarship as an affirmation of the validity of my public service work,” Dempsey says. “Having not had health care for much of my life, I’ve always wanted to work as a doctor so that I could provide the health care that so many people lack.”
Dempsey also received the Paddy Frank Walsh Pioneer Scholar Award in October 2009 and is one of eight Bowdoin students to receive the Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship this year.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the federal memorial to the 33rd president and works to find college juniors with “exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service.”