Melissa McCafferty, a second class cadet at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, has been named a 2010 Truman Scholarship recipient. She is the third consecutive person from the Coast Guard Academy to receive the Truman scholarship, an unprecedented accomplishment for the Foundation. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, priority admission, supplemental financial aid, leadership training, graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Melissa was informed of the news in late March by Rear Admiral Burhoe, Superintendent of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. She began working on the scholarship in the fall of 2009 under the guidance of Professors Zapalska, director of the Honors program, and Professors Youngman and Ringel, also from the Academy. The application consisted of 13 short essays and four letters of recommendation. By the end of the application, Melissa had received help during her mock interviews from several of the civilian and military faculty and staff from the Academy. Melissa applied from her home state of Michigan.
2/c McCafferty is a Government major with a dual concentration in public policy and international affairs. She was born in Lansing and raised in Newberry, Michigan. She came to the Coast Guard Academy because she wanted to serve her country and humanity. The Coast Guard was a natural fit for her desired educational and life goals, helping to prepare her for a life in public service through law and politics.
2/c McCafferty intends to pursue a joint MPP/JD degree at the Harvard School of Law and Kennedy School of Government focusing on Political Advocacy and Leadership while specializing in Law and Governance. By studying at Harvard, she hopes to offer her expertise to address future policy and legal concerns in the U. S. Coast Guard and beyond. This summer Melissa will be attending Truman Scholar Leadership Week at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. While there she will meet the other 2010 Truman Scholars, staff and public servants, work on community service and public policy projects, and learn about different graduate school programs.