Three Texas A&M students have been nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an award from the Harry S. Truman Foundation which recognizes college juniors who aspire to work in public service. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students. Each year, 55 to 65 applicants are chosen from a pool of approximately 600 nominated students. The 2017 nominees from Texas A&M are Alexander S. Jones ‘18, Lucia M. Winkeler ‘18, and Elizabeth J. Woods ‘18.
Alexander S. Jones is a junior political science and economics double-major from San Antonio, Texas. Jones is active with the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Air Force ROTC, and the Ross Volunteers-Texas Governor’s Honor Guard. He served as the 2016-2017 Aggie Band Command Sergeant Major and has been selected as the incoming Aggie Band Commander for 2017-2018. Jones was selected for the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP), and he served as a delegate in the Texas A&M University – College Station-Qatar Spring Leadership Exchange Program. Jones is interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in foreign affairs, and he desires to have a career in public service, hoping to one day working for the Office of Public Affairs for the United States Air Force.
Lucia M. Winkeler is a junior international studies (politics and diplomacy focus), and Russian language and culture double-major from Austin, Texas. Winkeler is involved in the Texas A&M University Russian Club, the National Slavic Honor Society (Dobro Slavo), and the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA). She has also served as an intern in the U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Association) with the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) and served as a Fulbright Hays GPA Scholar for summer 2016 study abroad through the Moscow-Texas Connections Program. Winkeler is interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in international affairs, and she desires to have a career in public service, hoping to one day work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.
Elizabeth J. Woods is a junior international studies major from Meridian, Texas. Woods is involved in International Justice Mission, Aggies for Christ, and Freshman Liberal Arts Reading Excellence (Freshman Leadership Organization). She also served as a Communications Manager for Representative Dan Flynn and served as a Peace Corps intern. Woods is interested in pursuing in a Master of Arts in global policy studies, and she desires to have a career in public service, hoping to one day work for the U.S. Department of State or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Two hundred students will be selected as finalists after their applications are reviewed by the Truman Finalist Selection Committee. The finalists will then be interviewed by a series of Regional Review Panels before the 2017 Truman Scholars are announced. In the past 10 years, nine Aggies have advanced to the finalist round. Omar El-Halwagi is the most recent Aggie selected as a Truman Scholar in 2011.
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