Previous Winners of the Truman Scholarship


Despain, Jason J.

Jason Despain hails from Casper, Wyoming and is majoring in Economics. He interned for US Senator John Barrasso in his Washington, D.C. office. A humorous story from that experience was that Jason helped the Senator to sign photographs that were mailed to constituents. Once, there was a mistake with a photo, so I reprinted it and left it on the Senator's desk with a note asking him to please "resign." Of course, I meant to say "re-sign". The senator found my note, then went into the offices with my note, and said, "Would you believe what Jason told me?


Keller, Ryan S.

Ryan is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He began college as a freshman at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and then served a mission in the Guatemala City North Mission. Ryan came to BYU after his mission, and he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Philosophy in 2004. He has served in many service and community groups including a state-wide student organization, which he founded called, Students Against Violence. Ryan planned to attend graduate school in International Relations/Economics and obtain a law degree. He says, "At BYU, one of my best courses was Dr.

Stone, Peter K.

Peter is from Modesto, California. He comes from a family of eight children, all of which (including his parents) graduated from BYU. Peter, being the youngest in his family, is tying up the Stone legend at BYU with great success. He has shown continual dedication to the community, particularly to the political aspect of the community, for the past ten years. Peter developed an interest in politics at a very young age. He was on his high school speech and debate team, and he was on the Model UN team at BYU.


Bice, Amy A.

Amy majored in Political Science and graduated in August of 1997. She earned her Associate's degree in General Education with a Social Science emphasis from Ricks College in July of 1995. Amy chose to spend her time getting involved in activities related to her major with the hope that she would increase her understanding of the subject.