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By Abby Wilson ’10
Patrick Campbell ’10 has been pursuing a career in public service for several years, and people have noticed. He is a finalist to receive one of 60 Truman Scholarships this year. The scholarship, awarded to college juniors across the country annually, gives recipients $30,000 toward graduate studies in a field of public service. Campbell is in the final stage of competition for the scholarship. A regional review panel in Minneapolis will interview him, on March 4.
Campbell, who is triple majoring in political science, economics, and rhetorical studies (an individualized major), indeed fits the qualification of being a devoted public servant. In high school, he served as executive lieutenant governor of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Key Club. In Peoria, he has been a special projects intern at Peoria’s Equal Opportunity Office. In Washington, D.C., he has been a government relations associate for BT Americas and a research intern at the American Enterprise Institute. At the American Enterprise Institute, he worked for Truman Senior Fellow Newt Gingrich.
Campbell also runs his own not-for-profit business, BridgeBright, Inc. Through BridgeBright, Campbell has traveled to 23 states and six countries speaking at schools, orphanages, and homes for abused children about ways to cope with and move on from adversity.
At Bradley, Campbell has competed regionally and nationally on the speech team. After Bradley, he plans to pursue a Juris Doctor degree to work in educational policy at the federal or state level. “I don't know if I could keep moving forward without the understanding and family atmosphere that the speech team brings me,” Campbell says. “They remain my anchor that I can continually return to.”
From left to right: Dr. Robert Fuller, Patrick Campbell '10, President Joanne K. Glasser and Dr. Robert Prescott.
Campbell also credits his success to his professors. “My professors especially motivate me, particularly the political science department, by presenting information in unique ways that challenge my own views and force me to look at all sides of a problem.”
Dr. Robert Prescott, associate professor of English, nominated Campbell for the scholarship. “I’ve been watching him as a potential candidate since he was a freshman,” says Prescott, who recalls Campbell’s professors continuously mentioning the possibility of a Truman Scholarship applicant. “I have plans for what he might apply for as a senior,” Prescott says.