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CHS graduate Mikaela Meyer named a 2017 Truman Scholar

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The Harry S. Truman Foundation has named Purdue University junior Mikaela Meyer, Chesterton High School Class of 2014, a 2017 Truman Scholar. Meyer is the first Purdue student to be awarded this highly competitive federal scholarship. Meyer is studying mathematical statistics with a minor in political science. She is also an active member of the Purdue Honors College, where she serves as an Honors College Mentor to incoming freshman.

Outside of the classroom, Mikaela has engaged in multiple research projects, including a study that uses Bayesian methodologies to determine what factor is causing Lake Chad’s volume to fluctuate greatly. Additionally, she is an Undergraduate Fellow at the Purdue Policy Research Institute where she has had the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary policy research about topics ranging from domestic drone policy to proposing a policy indicator for net-zero energy cities. Her other activities include being a member of Purdue's debate team and being the president of Purdue College Democrats. In debate, Mikaela was recently awarded “Top Speaker” for the Indiana State Parliamentary Debate tournament. Through College Democrats, Mikaela has hosted numerous voter registration drive events on campus as well as debates between local candidates.

After graduation, Meyer hopes to work for the federal government, using statistics to inform public policy. She would like to assist in adapting regulations to better fit the evolving needs of the American people.

The Truman Foundation was created as the living memorial to President Truman and the Presidential Memorial to Public Service. The Foundation’s mission is premised on the belief that a better future relies on attracting to public service the commitment and sound judgment of bright, outstanding Americans.

The 62 new Truman Scholars, mostly college juniors, were selected from among 768 candidates nominated by 315 colleges and universities. They were chosen by sixteen independent selection panels based on academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders.

Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.


Posted 5/24/2017




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