Two Juniors Win Truman Scholarships

July 2, 2015

Congratulations to Sophie and Mya, Brown's 2015 Truman Scholars! Over the past three years, both have been deeply committed to public service and scholarship within the Brown and Providence community.

Mya participated in the Healthy Food Access TRI-Lab. As a 2015 Royce Fellow, she is researching patient-provider communication within primary care as it relates to breast cancer prevention and screening for Black women in Birmingham, AL.

Sophie participated in UCAAP pre-orientation, has tutored for BRYTE since her first semester at Brown, served as an iProv intern co-directing BRYTE Camp in 2013, has been involved with the Storytellers for Good program, and is currently researching Adirondack History as a Royce Fellow.

Two Brown juniors have received prestigious scholarships from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Mya Lee Roberson and Sophie Crane McKibben of the Class of 2016 were among the 58 new Truman Scholars selected by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation from 688 applicants nominated by 297 institutions. The foundation honors outstanding college juniors dedicated to careers in public service.

Every year, the foundation awards $30,000 to support students in their junior year who intend to undertake graduate studies and are committed to public service leadership. As a condition of the award, scholars are required to work in public service for two years and must enroll in a graduate school program within four years. With the 58 recipients it just announced, the foundation has made awards to 3,023 students since 1977.

“We are thrilled to have two Truman winners this year,” said Linda Dunleavy, associate dean of the College. “Mya and Sophie represent Brown’s ethos by richly integrating outstanding academic work with a profound commitment to public service. Brown students are a great fit for the Truman because they are known for their dedication to creating positive change in the world.”

Roberson, a public health concentrator from Bangor, Pa., will pursue graduate studies in epidemiology. She wants to further her understanding of cancers and hopes to encourage women from minority groups to seek cancer prevention information. 

McKibben, a public health and history concentrator from Ripton, Vt., will pursue graduate studies in public health with a focus on understanding the health impacts of forced migration and trauma. She is involved with numerous student groups on campus including Brown EMS and the Brown Outdoor Leadership Program.

The 2015 Truman Scholars assembled May 19, 2015, for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and they received their awards in a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., on May 24.

From Brown University News