New College of Florida student Michael Long wins prestigious Truman Scholarship
A Sarasota college student can add his name to a roster of political heavyweights and Truman Scholars including Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice and George Stephanopolous.
New College of Florida student Michael Long has won a prestigious 2013 Truman Scholarship, given to shining students who have a future in public service. He collects $30,000 for graduate study, plus gets priority admission and extra financial aid at certain graduate schools, leadership training, career counseling and a 10-week internship in Washington D.C. Long is one of 62 scholarship winners in the nation, and the only student in Florida to win this year.
Long, 21, is a third-year student and Sarasota native. As a freshmen, he was elected to the first of two terms as co-president of the New College student government. At 19, he became the youngest person elected to chair the Florida Student Association and the youngest person to serve on the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.
He made waves in Nov. 2011 for openly standing up to Sen. JD Alexander's pressure to split Florida Polytechnic from the University of South Florida system, and went on to become a strong advocate for student issues before the legislature.
The Truman Foundation was established in 1975 to honor President Harry S. Truman. The application and interview process are intense. This year, 629 students from 293 colleges applied.
Reporter Jeff Solochek interviewed Long about his accomplishments and ideas for higher education in 2012. Read that interview here.