UNI student named as finalist for competitive Truman Scholarship

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa student Rachael Johnson has been named as a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her outstanding work in public service leadership.

Johnson is a double elementary education and middle level education major from Sioux City, Iowa. She was selected as the institutional nominee for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship for UNI. Johnson was notified of her selection as a finalist for the scholarship and will have an interview in Kansas City on March 13. Scholarship winners will be announced on April 12. 

The Truman Scholarship is awarded through the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Created in 1975, the foundation has supported nearly 3,000 Truman Scholars making a difference through public service around the nation and the world. Truman Scholars are chosen based on their commitment to public service, academic achievement and being a "change agent." As part of the extensive scholarship application process, Johnson had to write a policy memo and chose to write on GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a program that targets cohorts of secondary education students in low-income schools and encourages their enrollment in post-secondary institutions. 

Approximately 600 college juniors apply for the Truman Scholarship every year and approximately 60 are chosen as winners. The scholarship provides recipients with $30,000 toward graduate education geared toward public service.

For more information about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, visit www.truman.gov.


Donna Hoffman, department head, UNI Department of Political Science, 319-273-5916, donna.hoffman@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu