The University of Arkansas and the University of Alabama each have two Truman Scholars for 2016, leading all public universities. Almost half of the 54 Truman Scholars this year are students at public universities, and most are honors students.
Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and special internship opportunities within the federal government.
Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be academically excellent and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.
The Truman program drew 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities. The recipients were chosen from 197 finalists by 16 independent selection panels on the basis of the students’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders.
The program has selected 3,077 Truman Scholars since the first awards were made in 1977.
Below are the 2016 awardees who attend public universities:
Victoria Maloch, a member of the honors college at the University of Arkansas
Daniela Estrada, University of California-Irvine
Elizabeth Hale, an honors program student at Colorado State University
Sarah Hartman, an honors program student at the University of Delaware
Amalia Gomez-Rexrode, University of Michigan
Wendy Ruiz, Florida International University
Dana Sweeney, an honors college student at the University of Alabama
Zoie Sheets, an honors college student at University of Illinois-Chicago
Danielle Neighbour, an honors college student at the University of Arkansas
Hannah Wilson, a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville
Chauncey Stephens,a student in the Ogden Honors College at Louisiana State University
Lia Petrose, a student in the honors college at the University of Pittsburgh
Natalie Jones, a member of the honors college at Mississippi State University
Maria Kalaitzandonakes, University of Missouri
Levi Birky, an honors college student at Montana State University
Hannah Kelley, a member of the honors college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Madelaine Britt, University at Buffalo SUNY
Jed Hanson, University of North Dakota
Jeremy Allen, University of Oklahoma
Jory Fleming, a Capstone Scholar at the University of South Carolina
Josh Arens, an honors student at the University of South Dakota
Vaughn Vargas, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Zoraima Pelaez, a Liberal Arts Honors student at the University of Texas at Austin
Madelyn Fife, an honors student and Huntsman Scholar at Utah State University
Jill Ferguson, a Rodman Scholar at the University of Virginia
Deshawn McKinney, University of Wisconsin-Madison