Six Years of Truman Scholars

The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is one of the only institutions in the nation to produce a scholar in the last six out of seven years.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the thirty-third president, Harry S. Truman. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The prestigious scholarship provides each recipient $30,000 for graduate study as well as priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special fellowship opportunities within the federal government.

Students may not apply directly for the Truman Scholarship; they must apply through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The University of Utah is a Truman Honor Institution because of its considerable success in nominating students. Twenty-four students from the University of Utah have been named Truman Scholars, including Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers.

For more information on the application process, click here.



After graduating in May 2013, Ashley plans to study the intersection of community development, sustainable food systems, and social justice through city and metropolitan planning. Her previous work also includes organizing two community-school gardens at Title I elementary schools in Salt Lake City and serving as an editor of the Hinckley Journal of Politics. In her spare time, she is a skier, writer, reader, gardener, community organizer, baker, artist, and outdoor enthusiast. Ashley’s Truman Policy Proposal addresses the issue of community food security by increasing funding for USDA Community Food Projects and integrating them into Title I elementary schools.



Brandon Peart is currently working on his masters in international relations at John Hopkins SAIS. He has worked in the Department of the State in the Office of Terrorism Finance and Sanctions Policy. He was also involved in the U.S. response to the liberation of Libya, where his efforts included urging the U.S. business community to expand operations and support the war torn country. In addition, Brandon was named by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundations as one of 20 students to receive the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. This Fellowship supports Brandon’s undergraduate and graduate endeavors, as he prepares to enter the U.S. Foreign Service. After his education is complete, Brandon will be a United States Foreign Service Officer.



Cody is currently a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, studying interests in public official corruption and election law. Prior to the U of Virginia, Cody served an internship with the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. He also worked as staff assistant, office manager, and state scheduler for former Senator Bob Bennett.



Patrick currently works as a Truman-Albright Fellow with the Administration for Children and Families Office Planning Research and Evaluation. In addition, he serves as a Social Science Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. He also works as a research assistant for CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, which provides economic and other solutions for those with lower income. Prior to his current work, Patrick completed a Legislative Fellowship with the Office of Congressman Jim Matheson. He earned a degree in political science, economics and Spanish from the University of Utah in 2010, where he was also student body president.



Ingrid is currently a student at Stanford Law School. Prior to Stanford, she attended the University of Cambridge and received and M.Phil in international relations. While at the University of Cambridge, Ingrid studied civil-military relations in Afghanistan, focusing on Provincial Reconstruction Teams. At Stanford, Ingrid has served as General Representative to Stanford’s Law Association (2011-2012). She is also an Executive Director for Stanford’s ALEP, the Afghanistan Legal Education Project. This summer she is working as an associate with Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York, and will intern in fall 2012 with Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent in DC. Ingrid graduate magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Political Science



Bryson graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2011 and is currently employed as an Associate at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, DC. At Harvard, Bryson served as legal clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics, and interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. Currently Bryson advises corporations, political committees, candidates and non-profit advocacy groups on a variety of legal matters such as election, campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying and governmental ethics laws. Bryson’s accomplishments include co-authoring text books, researching interest group development in Lithuania, and managing a state-level political campaign in Utah. In addition, Bryson co-founded PlayoffPAC, which is the primary opposition group to college football’s Bowl Series. At the University of Utah, Bryson served internships with Karen Morgan and the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, DC. and was also student staff at the Hinckley Institute.

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