UofM’s Kevyanna Rawls Named Prestigious Truman Scholarship Finalist

February 27, 2018 - Kevyanna Rawls, a University of Memphis junior majoring in English and African and African-American Studies, is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. She will travel to Nashville March 13 to interview with the Truman Scholarship Foundation's Regional Review Panel.

Rawls, a member of the Helen Hardin Honors College, is also vice president of the Student Government Association, a tour guide for the UofM, and a student representative on several University-wide committees. Among her many community service pursuits, Rawls has been involved with the Life Skills for Youth Summer Program in Little Rock, Ark.

Named in honor of the late U.S. President Harry S. Truman, the Truman Scholarship supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.

This year, the Truman Scholarship Foundation received 756 applications from 313 colleges and universities, which were reviewed by the foundation's selection committee. The committee selected 194 candidates from 137 colleges and universities as finalists.

Rawls, from Little Rock, is one of only three students from Arkansas named a finalist this year. She plans to pursue a law degree and a Master of Public Policy. She ultimately hopes to work in the field of civil rights at the state or federal level.

Students interested in applying for the Truman or other nationally competitive scholarships may contact Melinda Jones, director of the Honors College at 901.678.2690 or mljones6@memphis.edu.

To learn more about the Truman Scholarship, visit www.truman.gov.


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu