ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan student Xalma Palomino has been selected as a 2022 Truman Scholar—one of 58 new recipients nationwide to win the prestigious award of $30,000 for graduate studies.
Established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the Truman Scholarship carries the legacy of the 33rd president by supporting and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders.
Raised in Detroit, Palomino is a first-generation Latina undergraduate student majoring in political science and Latina/o studies. She plans to advance her career in public policy and voting rights advocacy, and will enroll in a master of public policy program.
"Truman is allowing me to reflect on my college career and the possibilities for my future," Palomino said. "Through the application process, I reflected and identified my next steps both academically and professionally. It accelerated my preparation for graduate school and gave me confidence in knowing that multiple pathways exist in a career in public service."
This year's Truman Scholars were selected from among 705 candidates nominated by 275 colleges and universities. They were recommended by 17 independent selection panels based on the finalists' academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Phimmasone Owens from Michigan and Vincent Pinti from West Virginia were also finalists for the scholarship, making this the 2nd year in a row that the University of Michigan had two finalists and one recipient.
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