THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GOVERNOR MEL CARNAHAN TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Governor Mel Carnahan as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Governor Mel Carnahan, of Missouri, was first elected in 1992 and re-elected to a second term in 1996. His current term expires in January of 2001. Governor Carnahan previously served as municipal judge, Majority Floor Leader of the Missouri State House of Representatives, Missouri State Treasurer, and Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. His legislative accomplishments as the state's chief executive include the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 which reduced class size in lower grades, raised state aid to low-revenue school districts, and funded a Parents as Teachers program. Prior to entering elective office, he served in the United States Air Force.
Governor Carnahan received a B.A. degree in business administration from George Washington University and a J.D. degree with highest honors from the University of Missouri-Colombia.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the official federal memorial to honor our thirty-third President. The Foundation recognizes President Truman's contributions to the nation, his commitment to public service, and his interest in education. The Foundation awards scholarships to college students who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for their careers.