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Michigan State undergraduate student leaders nominated for national Truman Scholarship

Four undergraduate student leaders have been nominated by Michigan State University for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

MSU’s nominees for the scholarship include: Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah, an Honors College junior majoring in social relations and policy in James Madison College; Celia Hallan, an Honors College junior majoring in environmental geography in the College of Social Science and international relations in James Madison College; Hannah MacDonald, an Honors College junior majoring in earth science in the College of Natural Science; and Tristyn Walton, an Honors College junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies and public policy in the College of Social Science.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to affecting change through public service by providing them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

Michigan State University has produced 16 Truman Scholars.

“These individuals have shown that they can be change agents in their respective communities,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “This nomination from Michigan State University is a vote of confidence that all four of these students will undoubtedly have a positive impact throughout their careers.”

Appiagyei-Dankah is from Ada, Michigan and a graduate of Forest Hills Central High School. As a member of the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, MSU College Democrats and MSU Spartans for Hillary, she encouraged many students to register to vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Hallan is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Southwest High School. She is the founding member, secretary and campaign manager of the Spartan Sierra Club. She is also a leader of Students for Social Justice and the Environment on campus.

MacDonald is from Alpena, Michigan and a graduate from Alpena High School. MacDonald is the service and recruitment chair for the Spartan Sierra Club. Additionally, she is a youth leadership council member for EarthEcho International, where she speaks to youth about environmental stewardship.

Walton is from Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Renaissance High School. She is part of the Social Science Scholars Program and a member of the Tower Guard and Michigan State University Model United Nations.

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