Recent Graduate's Travels Continue With Selection As Luce Scholar
March 6, 2001
Jason E. Prince's long trip back to Boise has been extended by a few thousand miles by his recent selection as a Henry Luce Foundation 2001-2002 Luce Scholar.
The highly competitive scholarship will allow this outstanding 1999 Davidson graduate, who spent a postgraduate year studying at Cambridge University in England as the college's first W. Thomas Smith Scholar, to spend next year immersed in an Asian culture.
Prince, who plans to pursue a career in law "looking toward civic leadership roles" has been working since September in Washington, D.C., as a legislative correspondent to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. He received an M.Phil. degree in land economy in July from Cambridge. He said the degree combined the study of law, economics, public policy in addressing environmental and resource management issues.
The Luce Scholarship will take him even farther from his hometown, but Prince insists that his goal has always been to return to Boise to apply his experiences from around the world to the needs of the people of Idaho. "I've had some wonderful opportunities to broaden my global perspective, and I intend to take those back to Boise some day," he said. "Asia is obviously one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world, and looking down the road it'll be useful to have experience in an Asian culture and some knowledge of the language in whatever profession I choose."
The Luce Scholars Program was founded in 1974, and now offers 18 young Americans a cultural immersion experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perspectives on Asia, America, and themselves. Scholarship candidates are nominated by sixty-seven colleges and universities across the nation.
Participants experience Asian life on a personal basis by working alongside Asian contemporaries in an internship and living among them. None of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university, and no academic credit is extended. Prince said he has requested to live in Tokyo and serve as an aide to a member of the Japanese Diet, that country's national legislative body. The foundation honors the scholars' internship requests as much as possible.
The program begins in August with an orientation in the United States. After about three months in Asia, the scholars come together in Hong Kong for further orientation. At the end of the program year in July, Prince and his fellow scholars will present their final reports at a wrap-up session on the island of Bali.
Following his Luce year, Prince said he intends to attend law school, then practice law privately in Idaho and look for civic leadership opportunities.
Prince compiled an outstanding record of success at Davidson. He was named as one of 20 national USA Today "All USA Academic All-Americans," during his senior year, and was a regional finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
He was a varsity swimmer all four years of his college career, and was elected by teammates as co-captain of the team for two years. He was recently elected as Executive Vice-Chair of the Athletes' Executive Committee of USA Swimming, an organization which represents more than 240,000 competitive swimmers from the novice to Olympic levels. The title includes a seat on the USA Swimming Board of Directors. He formerly served on the organization as vice president of the athletes' executive committee, and as editor of its journal, "The Athletes' Quarterly."
He is fluent in Spanish and did volunteer work in Charlotte's Hispanic community. He founded the Davidson High School Mentoring Program to assist mentally and physically handicapped students, and wrote a policy paper for a Davidson political science class about the availability of legal aid to illegal aliens, particularly in Idaho. He was a resident advisor in a residence hall, and served as a hall counselor for freshman students.
Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.