Graduate College partners with Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to bring scholars to ASU

Truman Scholars attending ASU will receive additional tuition support

October 19, 2020

The ASU Graduate College is partnering with the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to bring more Truman Scholars to Arizona State University to complete their graduate or professional degrees. 

To do this, the Graduate College has committed to providing a full-tuition award for up to two years to Truman scholarship recipients enrolled in on-campus graduate programs. This award will be provided in addition to the award Truman Scholars receive from the foundation. Harry S Truman Foundation Download Full Image

What is the Truman Scholarship?

The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based scholarships to undergraduate students who plan to attend graduate school and pursue careers in public service.

Truman Scholars receive a $30,000 award for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

“ASU is deeply committed to promoting public service and is proud to provide additional financial support for Truman Scholars, who are answering the call to public service leadership at a time when public leadership is more valuable than ever," said Mark Searle, ASU executive vice president and university provost.

Well-known Truman Scholars from Arizona

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has awarded 21 Truman scholarships to ASU Sun Devils since the program began in 1977. In addition, prominent Arizonan Truman Scholars include former Gov. Janet Napolitano, Congressman Greg Stanton, former Ambassador Michelle Gavin and ASU professors Kristin Mayes and David Gartner.

“Now is the time to invest in the next generation of leaders,” said Terry Babcock-Lumish, executive secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. “Arizona State University's generous commitment to add additional financial support for Truman Scholars demonstrates a shared commitment to creating opportunities for innovative problem-solvers tackling society's greatest challenges.”

A living memorial

The scholarship, a living memorial to the 33rd president, is intended for “future change agents” — students who demonstrate the passion, intellect and leadership potential to serve the public interest. Truman Scholars can be found in the White House, Congress and on the Supreme Court. They are ambassadors, journalists, educators, philanthropic leaders and more. 

“For more than 40 years, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has served as a beacon for public service, inspiring Americans from diverse backgrounds and from across the country,” Babcock-Lumish said. “Thank you to President Crow, Dean Wentz and the ASU community for championing public service.”

The Graduate College oversees the university’s commitment to Truman Scholars who bring their award to ASU for their graduate studies. Scholars should contact after receiving the Truman Scholarship and being admitted to their graduate program to coordinate funding. Review the Graduate College Truman Scholarship webpage for more information.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for the Truman Scholarship should visit the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement Truman Scholarship webpage for more information.

Article by Emily Carman and Tracy Viselli

ASU group wins Geospatial Excellence Catalyst Award

Redesigned data repository makes critical Arizona geographic information more accessible for state, local organizations

October 19, 2020

Arizona State University's Geospatial Research Solutions, a professional services group housed within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, was awarded the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Geospatial Excellence Catalyst Award for its project, “AZGeo Geospatial Data Hub.” 

Built in partnership with the Arizona State Land Department, the AZGeo Hub is a statewide open data repository that enables agencies across the entire state of Arizona to share and consolidate important data for public and private decision-making like never before. ASU’s Geospatial Research Solutions partnered with the Arizona State Land Department to rebuild a statewide open geospatial data repository. Download Full Image

Launched in July of this year, the repository enables easy access to critical digital spatial data — city boundaries, parcels, rivers, land ownership, streets, etc. — that can be utilized by cities, counties, state and tribal groups, private companies and the public to support the needs of Arizona citizens. 

“Creating geographic information system data is a long and complex process, but the great news is that the data that most people need already exist,” said Shea Lemar, geographic information system senior project manager with Geospatial Research and Solutions, and lead of the project. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate and incomplete data out there, and a person can spend hours searching the internet for data only to come up with useless results.” 

Enter the AZGeo Hub, which now serves as the authoritative data source for geographic information system (GIS) data related to the state of Arizona and can be accessed for free. 

“Having a single data repository for people to find the authoritative data that helps them do their jobs has already saved hundreds of thousands of hours for GIS professionals throughout the state,” Lemar added. “Those time savings are passed on as cost savings to the people of Arizona.”

Supporting the needs of the Arizona communities

Beyond housing data and alleviating accessibility issues, AZGeo Hub also allows GIS professionals across the state to quickly and easily integrate applications in a shared site and collaborate on projects.

“Different cities, counties and state agencies have come together to share data and applications via AZGeo,” Lemar said. “People are able to create groups on AZGeo where they can share data with a particular set of other people.”  

Currently, the AZGeo Hub has more than two dozen groups that are used by geospatial professionals to coordinate their work. Many of those groups create applications and tools for people throughout the state to use.  

One of these applications, a collaboration between ASU, the Arizona State Land Department and the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, allows streamlined access to comprehensive COVID-19-related data to help support the COVID-19 response.

Another tool, created by the Department of Transportation for public safety professionals, enables the ability to update and share data used in the Arizona 911 system.

“We are very excited to have won the NSGIC Geospatial Excellence Award,” Lemar said. “NSGIC is comprised of some of the top GIS professionals from across states, and the fact that they think that AZGeo deserves the Geospatial Excellence Award is quite an honor.

“We get the most pleasure from seeing the ways in which AZGeo is used throughout the state to help support the needs of Arizona, but getting an award like this is definitely a nice bonus.”

The AZGeo Data Hub is an initiative of the Arizona Geographic Information Council.

David Rozul

Communications Specialist, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning