One of Friends University’s brightest minds was recognized as one of the nation’s brightest minds when he was selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship last spring.
Aaron Gurley, a senior in political science and history, was named as one of 60 nationwide finalists for one of the highest honor scholarships in the United States. The Truman Scholarship winner receives $30,000 toward graduate studies.
The rigorous process included a series of essay questions, resumes, questionnaires and interviews.
“I compiled everything in the span of about 14 days, sleeping about four hours a night to do it,” Gurley said.
The scholarship process concluded for Gurley in the spring with a panel interview in Kansas City.
“The interview was 20 minutes of random questions related to everything regarding my academic, athletic and extracurricular activities,” he said.
Unfortunately, Gurley did not win the scholarship. However, he said, “The experience of being a Truman Scholar finalist was well worth the hours spent becoming one.”
Gurley has been awarded several other academic and athletic scholarships toward his studies at Friends University, including SuAnne Big Crow Memorial Award from the National Education Association for Commitment to Civil and Human Rights; Presidential Academic Scholarship from Friends University; Dean’s Honor Roll from Friends University; the Save Darfur Coalition’s July Heroes from the Save Darfur Coalition, a national organization committed to ending genocide in Darfur and worldwide; and an athletic scholarship in track and field and cross country from Friends University.