Tom Dowling is a proud member of the St. John Fisher Class of 2010 and recently received the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Currently a Junior at the University of Illinois, Tom was nominated by the university and was one of only 62 nationally selected recipients from a field of over 750 nominees.
Since Tom was in our primary grades, he was a voracious reader and displayed a deep interest in politics.
In addition to maintaining an excellent academic record, Tom has worked in several political organizations, most recently with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign first as an organizer in Iowa and later with the media monitoring team in Washington. Tom also completed an internship at the Center for American Progress while in Washington, with work focused on research and communications projects for the national think tank.
Tom also served as chief of staff for State Representative Carol Ammons, from Urbana.
David Schug, director of the University of Illinois National and International Scholarships program described Tom as “very driven, goal oriented person. . .He is so far along in terms of what he is interested in doing and not just thinking about doing.”
Tom also completed a five month internship with the AFL-CIO and created a non-profit organization on campus called “YOUTHink Politics”. The group organizes workshops for high school students to enhance their understanding of the political system. Rather than a series of lectures, participants are taught to design plans for issues about which they are concerned. As a result of his efforts, the group was awarded a University Public Engagement Grant. Tom hopes to expand the program to Chicago in the near future.
With degrees in history and political science, Tom hopes to use the $30,000 prize that accompanies the scholarship to attend law school at either the University of Chicago or Yale.
With his passion for politics and an already very impressive resume, we can look for great things to come in the not too distant future for this Fisher Falcon.