I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama, a highly competitive federal scholarship for college juniors who plan to pursue a career in public service. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 in funding for graduate school as well as leadership development and internship placements. This year, 59 students were selected as scholars out of 759 applicants.
Biography on the Truman.gov website:
Amanda is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in government and minoring in history with plans to pursue a career as a public interest attorney. A first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, Amanda earned her GED, graduated summa cum laude from community college, and received a 1789 Scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University. Her experiences have motivated her to dedicate her life to pursuing justice for the poor and marginalized. Amanda is currently a pathways intern in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where she works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. Previously, she interned at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law defending the right to vote for traditionally disenfranchised communities. While in community college in Alabama, Amanda founded her own organization, Mobile Equality, dedicated to advocating for equal rights for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama where she had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.
Press Release from Georgetown University:
Truman Scholarships Awarded to Two Outstanding Georgetown Students
Government majors Amanda Scott (C’19) and Shakera Vaughan (C’19) are among the 59 outstanding students from 52 institutions selected as 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholars.
The students are also both members of the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), which provides programmatic and financial support for low-income and first-generation students.
Scott hopes to use her Truman Scholarship to attend law school.
Having experienced poverty growing up in Mobile, Alabama, she is interested in pursuing public interest law and advocacy work for poor and marginalized communities.
Scott, who was home-schooled, earned her General Equivalency Diploma and then enrolled in Coastal Alabama Community College’s two-year paralegal studies program.
Article in The Hoya:
2 Students Awarded Truman Scholarship for Community Service
Government majors Amanda Scott (COL ’19) and Shakera Vaughan (COL ’19) were each awarded $30,000 by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation for their government-related extracurricular activities and community service. The scholarship, awarded to students dedicated to implementing positive change through public service, must be used for graduate education.
Scott plans to use the award for law school, while Vaughn intends to apply hers toward a master’s degree in public administration.
Scott said that her experience with prejudice as a bisexual woman in Alabama inspired her to pursue a law degree. Scott views a career in law as a way for her to advocate for poor and marginalized communities and push for progressive change, she said.