Brooklyn College political science and philosophy major Jake Levin has been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an award that will grant him $30,000 toward tuition for his graduate studies, a number of professional development opportunities in public service leadership, and the prestige that comes with belonging to an elite group of students tapped for their potential to become leaders. Levin is the third Brooklyn College student and the ninth City University of New York (CUNY) student to win the award.
Levin, a Macaulay Honors College student, is one of 58 Truman Scholars selected in 2015. He has an extensive résumé that includes founding and organizing CUNY’s first TEDx conference, internships with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs, studying under Ret. Four-Star General David Petraeus, and maintaining an active role within the Brooklyn College undergraduate student government, where he has served as assembly member, majority floor leader and presently, chair of the academic affairs committee.
“We are very proud of Jake and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” said Brooklyn College President Karen L. Gould. “He has demonstrated the type of leadership and civic engagement that has distinguished so many Brooklyn College alumni who are at the top of their fields.”
Levin, a New Hampshire native, will travel to Missouri next month to spend a week with the 2015 class of Harry S. Truman Scholars and receive his award at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. He plans to apply to law school and eventually pursue elected office.
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. Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2015, there were 688 candidates for the award nominated by 297 colleges and universities. The 200 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of sixteen regional selection panels.
Levin joins past Brooklyn College Truman scholars Ryan Merola ’07 and Lisette Nieves ’92. Nieves is also a Rhodes Scholar.