TU Student Wins 2001 Truman Scholarship

Thursday, April 05, 2001

Published on 4/5/01

Matthew Lindsey, a University of Tulsa senior who has been studying utility company deregulation to find a way to provide low-cost electricity to low-income families and the elderly on fixed incomes, has been named a 2001 Truman Scholarship winner.

The $30,000 scholarship is a merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who plan to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service.

Lindsey, a double major in economics and political science from Overland Park, Kan., is one 80 students named as winners from among 592 candidates nominated by 303 colleges and universities.

“We are proud of Matt for winning this prestigious scholarship and for continuing a tradition of service-minded scholars at The University of Tulsa,” said TU President Bob Lawless. “Matt embodies the principles reflected in our mission: fine scholarship, strong character and dedication to the public good.”

Lindsey is a member of TU’s Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC), a program in which students take advanced courses and conduct research with top TU professors while developing and leading community projects.

Since 1995, TURC students have won 19 Goldwater Scholarships, nine National Science Foundation Awards, four Department of Defense graduate fellowships, three Truman Scholarships, and two British Marshall Scholarships.

“I hope to use this opportunity as a springboard to address the economic problems of the working poor in Midwestern cities,” says Lindsey, who plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy and a doctorate in economics.

On his own, Lindsey has studied deregulation in California, Pennsylvania, Montana and Oklahoma. He says his focus is on “how deregulation will impact rural cooperatives and their customers, which includes many low-income folk.”

Lindsey, who is president of the TU Student Economics Association, served as president for two years of TU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, overseeing a rechartering effort that required participation in a number of community service activities.

He also completed an internship with the Community Action Project of Tulsa County where he helped expand participation in an innovative Individual Development Accounts program, a plan in which the savings of low-income workers are matched by a foundation.

Lindsey, a columnist for TU’s student newspaper, the Collegian, is a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the TU Presidential Scholarship and the Holloway Scholarship for Political Science.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards the grants to students “who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.”

The Truman Scholars will assemble May 20 for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo, on May 27.