Six African Americans Named Truman Scholars

Recently the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced that there will be 60 students among its 2011 class of award winners. The students were selected from a field of 602 candidates representing 264 colleges and universities. Each winner receives $30,000 for graduate study in preparation for careers in government or public service. In addition, Truman award winners receive admission preference and financial aid at participating graduate institutions and special internship opportunities with the federal government.

This year, it appears that six of the 60 Truman Scholars are African Americans.

Kimberly Michelle Everett is a student at the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is majoring in economics. Everett spent her junior year abroad in China. She plans to go to law school and to study for a master’s degree in international development.

Michael Tubbs is a native of Stockton, California. He is majoring in comparative studies in race and ethnicity at Stanford University. He has served as a White House intern and works extensively with youth in his local community. He plans to attend law school.

Ayodele Imani Oti is a student at the Macaulay Honors College of the City College of New York. She is majoring in international environmental public health and human ecology. She plans to obtain a master of public health degree, concentrating on children in developing countries.

Dominique Tomika Hazzard is a junior at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She plans on going to law school with a concentration in environmental law and also to pursue a master’s degree in public administration. She hopes to work in government or with a nonprofit environmental group.

Newton L. Davis of Saginaw, Michigan, is a junior at Williams College in Massachusetts with a double major in history and Arabic studies. He plans to earn a graduate degree in education and then teach in the public schools. He hopes to be superintendent of a large public school district.

Kam Sherail Phillips is studying for a bachelor of social work degree at the University of Missouri. She hopes to study for a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and policy. At college she founded an organization that exposes underprivileged youth to alternative careers and activities.