McPherson High School graduate and current Kansas State University senior Amy Sents was announced Wednesday as Kansas’s 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar.
The Harry S. Turman Scholarship Foundation honors 60-65 collegiate juniors and seniors with the award each year.
The mission of the scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support for students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.
Sents said she applied for the award after receiving an invitation from the K-State scholarship coordinator.
“I saw that the Truman was designed for those interested in public service and with my desire to work for USDA, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pursue,” Sents said.
Sents said she waited several days for a phone call or letter indicating whethere she had been accepted. A phone call during class proved to be the source of very good news.
“I had been expecting a phone call or letter for several days so when I received a call during one of my classes from a campus prefix, I hoped it proved to be worth running out of class to answer- and it was. I was definitely surprised as the other finalists are all incredible and ambitious students, as well,” She said.
Sents was one of over 570 applicants. She is the 32 Truman Scholar from K-State.
"We're very pleased that Amy Sents has been selected as a Truman scholar," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "Amy is a great representation of the caliber of K-State students, and she is continuing the university's ongoing success in the Truman scholarship competition. She is committed to serving others and is on track for an excellent career in veterinary medicine."
Sents in majoring in animal sciences and industry and pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in international agriculture and plans to study. She plans to obtain a masters degree in public health and a doctorate of veterinary medicine at K-State. She then would like to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in veterinary services.
"I would be responsible for collaborating with other state and federal entities to develop plans for emergency response in the event of a disease outbreak," Sents said. "If one were to occur, I would be a first responder, implementing quarantines and testing animals. I would also help train public officials regarding their role in such an event."
As a Turman Scholar, Sents will receive up to $30,000 for her graduate studies.
Sents said in addition to helping fund her post-graduate education, the scholarship will help her pursue her passions and career goals of helping tackle agricultural and animal-health issues.
At K-State, Sents is the current webmaster and past vice president and secretary of Alpha of Clovia 4-H Scholarship House. She has competed on K-State's meats and horse judging teams and the meat quiz bowl team. She also has participated in the local and regional animal sciences and industry academic quadrathlon and attends University Christian Church. She will represent Kansas as an international 4-H youth exchange delegate to Germany and Switzerland from June to December. Sents has received K-State's Putnam Scholarship, the Fort Dodge Animal Health Scholarship, the Cargill Genuinely Better Scholarship, the Agriculture Future of America Scholarship, the Robert J. Dole Scholarship, national FFA scholarships and state and county 4-H scholarships. A 2007 graduate of McPherson High School, she is the daughter of Allan and Deanna Sents of McPherson.