Acknowledged Animal Advocate

Rising senior named Truman Scholar
August 1, 2010

Wallace: Duke's newest Truman. Courtesy Lindsey Wallace

Lindsey M. Wallace '11, whose extracurricular activities include working with recovering addicts in Durham and for animal-welfare causes, has won a prestigious Truman Scholarship, one of only sixty awarded nationwide.

Truman Scholars are chosen based on their academic success, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in public service. Wallace will receive $30,000 for graduate study, priority admission and supplemental financial aid to top graduate programs, and additional leadership training and career counseling.

Wallace is working toward a double major in political science and psychology. After graduating, she plans to jointly pursue a law degree and master's degree in public policy. She is the thirty-ninth Duke student to receive a Truman Scholarship since the program began in 1977.

While at Duke, Wallace has worked to raise supplies and grant money for local low-cost clinics that spay and neuter pets. She is president of the Duke student organization Pet-I-Care and has established a student-advocacy group aimed at obtaining a $100,000 grant to fund programs that spay and neuter animals in Durham County.

She also has volunteered with TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) and provided voting materials to rural areas and low-income residents in North Carolina. Wallace, who is from Simpsonville, South Carolina, attends Duke on the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship, an undergraduate merit award presented to students from North and South Carolina.