CSI Success Stories
James (JB)Tarter

James (JB) Tarter

CSI Graduate
A.A. History, College of Southern Idaho
B.A. History, Emory College
B.A. Political Science, Emory College
B.A. Economics, Emory College
M.A. Political Science, Emory University

JB graduated at the same time from Twin Falls High School and CSI. He currently attends Harvard Law School.

From CSI JB transferred to Emory. He entered Emory as a junior because he had already earned an associate degree at CSI. He attended Emory as the recipient of the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship (the most prestigious academic scholarship at Emory). As an article on Emory’s website noted: “You might consider him one of Emory College’s best investments in recent years. When the College offered J.B. Tarter ‘06C a Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, the Twin Falls, Idaho, native compared it with offers from other schools, some ranked higher than Emory. His decision came down to whether or not it made sense for him to pay $10,000 to $15,000 a year more to attend a different school. ‘Without the Woodruff, I am not sure where I would have gone,’ says Tarter. But, with the Woodruff, it made it a very easy decision for me to decide on Emory for financial reasons. And the Woodruff gave me the feeling that Emory really wanted me.’ The investment paid off — for Tarter and Emory. He graduated in spring 2006 with a triple major (political science, history and economics) and a masters in political science, and with no debt whatsoever.”

At Emory JB competed on the Barkley Forum, Emory’s debate program, and served as Student Government Association attorney general and as president of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. He was also the recipient of the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award ($20,000), which is given to a graduating senior “of uncommon stature in the eyes of the Emory community who shows extraordinary promise of future leadership and service to his or her community, the nation, and the world.” JB was described by Emory as an outstanding scholar, a natural leader and devoted volunteer. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Levitas Award for most outstanding political science graduate. He was also involved in the Emory Scholars Program, as well as serving on the Center for Ethics advisory board, on the Georgia Secretary of State’s student advisory committee, and as the Sen. Sam Nunn Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington. He also completed internships at the Heritage Foundation and two Senate offices, and provided interviews and political commentaries to CNN International, BBC Radio, NBC, the Chicago Tribune and National Public Radio.

JB’s goal is to work in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sources: Beverly Clark, Emory’s ‘yin & yang’ take unprecedented double honors, Emory Report, May 30, 2006, volume 58, number 31. The Emory Experience: Advancing Knowledge, Transforming Lives, Sharing experiences: student profiles, Emory College website.

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