SU students named Truman Scholar Finalists

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
March 2, 2018

The Office of Fellowships is very excited to have three Truman finalists this year. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious national scholarship for college juniors who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in public service, and wish to attend graduate school in the U.S. or abroad to prepare for their careers. The scholarship carries an award of $30,000 plus a variety of educational and leadership development opportunities.

This year, SU nominated five students: Tiffany Carpenter, Evelyn Chow, Connor Crinion, Kate Hannick, and Maggie Roberts. Of these five nominees, three are finalists: Evelyn Chow (Hawaii), Connor Crinion (Washington), and Kate Hannick (Missouri). These three students are now preparing for their interviews, which is the last step in becoming a Truman Scholar.

Truman Scholar finalists Evelyn Chow, Connor Crinion, and Kate Hannick.

Evelyn Chow a third-year Sociology and Philosophy double major. “I’m honored to have been selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. If selected for the Truman, I plan on pursuing a dual J.D. and Masters in Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. After I graduate, I plan to work in local government towards reform regarding gender equity, specifically for the transgender community. Applying for this fellowship has helped me refine and consolidate my conviction for gender justice.”

Connor Crinion is a third year student studying Sociology and Public Affairs. He is passionate about building student power on college campuses, and helped lead a campaign in support of contingent faculty unionization at SU. Off campus, his work has focused on the issue of housing justice. He has served in a diverse set of roles, from organizing alongside activists directly experiencing housing insecurity, to serving as a case manager for folks experiencing homelessness. The human impact of the housing crisis, combined with an awareness of the brokenness of the system, has fueled his desire to pursue a career in public service. As an organizer, Connor creates social change by translating grassroots people power into changes in policy. If chosen to receive the Truman Scholarship, he hopes that membership in the Truman community would aid him in building skills to authentically elevate the needs of marginalized communities into broad legal and political change.

He plans to pursue a JD to help address the impacts of housing injustice through the legal system, while simultaneously organizing with the communities most impacted to implement systemic change. He is currently hoping to attend either Stanford Law School or New York University School of Law.”

Kate Hannick is currently a junior seeking a dual degree in Public Affairs and Economics. She chose these majors based on her desire to have a career crafting informed, social justice-oriented public policy and making government services more accessible. “The Truman Scholarship would help me achieve these goals by providing resources and opportunities to continue my education at the graduate level. I hope to attend Georgetown University for graduate school in order to continue my Jesuit education and become better prepared to promote equitable public policy that will help people who are most marginalized in our community. I am grateful for the opportunities that Seattle University provided me to get me to this point.” 

Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually (The Foundation tries to have at least one Truman Scholar each year from each state). These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school's nominations.