Charity Porotesano ’12 has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 nationally competitive graduate-study scholarship sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.
Porotesano, a political science major from American Samoa, plans to teach before pursuing a dual graduate program in human resource development and public policy. Her career goal is to return to American Samoa as a specialist for educational change.
As a Grinnell student, Porotesano is a member of the International Student Organization and Grinnell Christian Fellowship. She also served as a student representative of the admissions and financial aid committee and a senator for student government.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards financial support for graduate study to college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere. The Foundation honors the memory of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the U.S.