Three Vassar students selected as 2016 Truman Scholars

Three Vassar College juniors were selected as 2016 Truman Scholars, making Vassar the only college in the country with that distinction this year.

Vassar’s scholars Cecil Carey, Raymond Magsaysay, and Kali Tambree—all members of the class of 2017—went through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. This year, there were 775 candidates for the award nominated by 305 colleges and universities, a record number of applications and institutions. Fifty-four new Truman Scholars were selected in 2016 and each will receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

Carey, who is from Skowhegan, Maine, is majoring in political science and is in the process of obtaining an adolescent teaching certification in social studies. Carey has worked for the American Federation of Teachers and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine) as an intern. He plans to use his award for a dual master’s degree in teaching and political science.

Magsaysay was born in the Philippines but has long made his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s majoring in sociology with minors in Hispanic Studies and and race and ethnicity literature. He is passionate about utilizing coalition-building and critical, intersectional frameworks to combat the inequities that exist in the nation’s interlocking immigration, education, and criminal justice systems. He plans to use the award to attend law school.

Tambree is from Baltimore City, Maryland and is a sociology major with a minor in Africana Studies. She plans to use her award toward pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology with a certificate in African American studies and eventually to focus on the organizing efforts of Black incarcerated women demanding basic human rights.

“We are thrilled to have three of our students selected as Truman Scholars,” says Lisa Kooperman, director of Vassar’s Office of Fellowships and Prehealth Advising. “This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work and dedication of  Cecil, Raymond and Kali.”

Carey, Magsaysay, and Tambree will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 29, 2016. 

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, April 20, 2016