JRF Scholar Victoria Temitope Okuneye, a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is among the new class of Truman Scholars. Victoria is majoring in brain and cognitive sciences with minors in applied international studies and chemistry. She hopes to attend med school where she'll study for an MD/Ph.D. The 54 new Truman Scholars were selected from among 587 candidates nominated by 292 colleges and universities. Victoria was also chosen as a Rachel Robinson International Fellow. She will head to Jamaica in the summer to continue her work with Great Shape, a child literacy program.
Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions 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 the non-profit sector. The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President.