Skip to contentSkip to site navigation


2016 Truman Scholarships Awarded to Cecil Carey ’17, Raymond Magsaysay ’17 and Kali Tambree ’17

Cecil Carey ’17 is a political science major working toward a teaching certification in social studies. He plans to use his award for a dual master’s degree in teaching and political science. Cecil  is profoundly committed to social justice around issues around public education.

Raymond Magsaysay ’17, a sociology major with correlates in English (Race and Ethnicity Literature) and Hispanic Studies, plans to pursue law school in the future.  Raymond will be a leader in advocating for access for first-generation immigrants, working class families, and other marginalized groups to education and to the political system, and he will work tirelessly on behalf of these groups to create a more inclusive civil society.

Kali Tambree ’17 is a sociology major with a correlate in Africana Studies. As an academic, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in sociology, with her scholarship focused on incarcerated Black women; as an activist, she will write about alternatives and organize to shine light on the prison-industrial complex.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.

Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2016, there were 775 candidates for the award nominated by 305 colleges and universities, a record number of applications and institutions. The 200 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of sixteen regional selection panels. Fifty-four new Truman Scholars were selected in 2016. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.  A listing of the new Scholars can be found at the Truman Foundation’s website.

Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some 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 in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or private sector.

See also, How to Apply (Sophomores and Juniors)

Check out this article in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education