WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior men's hockey player Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) has been named a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. The scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study and was awarded to 62 college juniors from across the country with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to a public service career. There were 629 candidates nominated by 293 colleges and universities. Reppucci is the sixth student from Holy Cross to ever earn a Truman Scholarship.
In addition to money for graduate studies, Truman Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities within the federal government.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury.
Reppucci, who was a finalist for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders (http://www.shcab.org/index.html). In 2012, he founded Playing For Peace (http://www.shcab.org/suzdal-2012.html), which was a $25,000 community building project in rural Russia, focused on promoting community wellness for children through sports and anti-alcohol education. Reppucci stayed with a local family in the village for one month and built a fully equipped sports court and soccer field at the village's lone school. He led a recreation camp for kids, donated alcohol educational materials and sports equipment, and worked with the school's principal and teachers to establish a comprehensive wellness program for kids.
Reppucci's is also the Founder and CEO of the project Working For Worcester 2012-2013 (http://www.workingforworcester.com/). Led by a group of passionate college students, Working for Worcester is a city-wide project designed to promote city pride and ownership while, at the same time, providing necessary improvements to Worcester's recreational spaces. On project day, April 20, 2013, Working for Worcester hopes to mobilize a group of 1,000+ students, faculty and local volunteers and make in excess of $50,000 of improvements to the community.
A 2011 and 2012 member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team, Reppucci was selected as a Dana Scholar for the 2012-2013 school year. Recipients of the scholarship are students of sound academic ability who have the potential for or have demonstrated desired qualities of character and leadership. He won a 2012 Katherine Wasserman Davis Fellowship For the Study of Critical Languages which is awarded to students who demonstrate a potential for promoting peace on an international scale. Reppucci also won a 2012 Davis 100 Projects for Peace Grant which is awarded for a service project that promotes peace. He earned a 2012-2013 Marshal Fund Grant for community development which is awarded for student ambition to promote community development in Worcester. Reppucci was also invited to lecture and lead a workshop at the 2012 National Jesuit Schools Leadership Conference. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team and was a two-time Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week.