I think the biggest problem is that he seems to think Michigan, UVA, and NW are more likely to give out money than Emory, Duke, GW and Vandy.
I think this because of my Truman. Michigan has "recruited" me in subtle ways. So has the University of Virginia -- Dean Trujillo travelled to nowhere-land to visit me and the other 2005 Trumans last spring. He saw me debate another Truman, and gave me a fee waiver on the spot. Since then I've kept in contact with him and he's very serious about making sure all my materials are in and are in on time. So I have my fingers crossed for UVA, since it's my first choice.
Northwestern gives a FULL-TUITION scholarship to any Truman Scholar who attends. Nay-say all you want, the interview went wonderfully.