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Three Honors College Students Nominated for Truman Scholarship
Honors College juniors Emily Strobaugh, Hallie Nelson and Matthew Preisser have been nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who are committed to a career in public service. Created in 1975 by an act of Congress, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 college juniors each year on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent,” and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.
More broadly, Truman Scholars possess intellect, leadership skills, and passion that would make them a likely force for the public good in any field.
Scholars receive an award of $30,000 which will go toward post-graduate education. In addition, Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the Federal government.
Here are the three Auburn University students nominated for this year’s Truman Scholarship.
Ms. Emily Strobaugh, a Prattville, Alabama native and Honors College junior, is pursuing a double major in English Literature and Global Studies and a double minor in Spanish and Human Development & Family Studies within the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Human Sciences. Since enrolling at Auburn in the fall of 2014, Emily has played an active role in the founding and organization of “Honors Serves” the Honors College service initiative. As one of the first cohort members of Honors Serves, Emily has devoted hundreds of hours in community service projects ranging from home repair and rehabilitation to leading a semester’s long effort tutoring in rural Greensboro, Alabama to spending an alternative spring break delivering water to the residents of Flint Michigan. Emily has recently completed a summer internship in Nashville with World Relief – an international refugee rescue and resettlement organization. During her time with World Relief she was tasked with working on their career development program for new Americans with professional backgrounds such as engineers, nurses, and physicians. Her responsibilities ranged from teaching business English to organizing career training days to proposal writing. One of her proposals recently paid off with an award of $10,000 in support for World Relief.
Ms. Hallie Nelson, from Birmingham, Alabama, is an Honors College junior majoring in Biosystems Engineering with minors in Spanish, Sustainability Studies, and Community and Civic Engagement within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, University College, and the College of Liberal Arts. Among her many activities she served as co-chair of Auburn’s Women’s Leadership Conference, as a peer-facilitator in the Hunger Studies minor and tireless advocate in the War on Hunger, as a field-worker and community food assessment research intern in Alabama’s black-belt, as Director of Facilities with the Auburn Student Government Association, as a living wage advocate for Auburn University employees, as an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow where she served as chair of sustainability, and since her freshman year has held several leadership roles in Campus Kitchens where she currently serves as the organization’s president. Campus Kitchens is a national, student powered hunger relief effort that utilizes recovered food from the campus cafeterias, campus-wide sports venues, and Auburn area restaurants to prepare and distribute to those in need in the Auburn-Opelika-Tuskegee communities. Hallie spent last summer at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Collegiate Leader in Environmental Health Fellow where among her many responsibilities she assisted in building low-cost air pollution sensors that will be used in at-risk communities which are situated near polluting industries.
Mr. Matthew Preisser an Honors College junior from Katy, Texas, is a Biosytems Engineering major with a minor in German within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts. Matthew is in his second year as an intern with the Office of Sustainability where he recently created a sustainability map layer for the campus on the Auburn University web-page. Creating this layered map required identifying topics and locations to feature, and then working closely with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to integrate the sustainability features layer in the campus map. In addition, Matthew recently completed a ten-week competitive summer internship at the Seattle office of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory through the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). As a summer intern with the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Matt was tasked with examining the environmental effects of marine renewable energy (MRE) by sifting through meta-data collected from around the globe, utilizing internet analytics and geolocation technology to find correlations. Utilizing Tethys – an interactive database that acts as a central clearinghouse for MRE – Matthew’s work brought him into contact with top researchers in the U.S. and in Canada.