Three UW Madison students were finalists this year for the Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the country.
A total of 845 students were nominated from 328 colleges and universities – a record number of candidates. Among the 193 finalists were UW Juniors Megan Mercier, Adrian Lampron and Tamia Fowlkes. The 62 winners were announced April 14th.
“It is an honor for a university to have three finalists for the Truman Scholarship,” said Julie Stubbs, director of academic awards at UW-Madison. “It speaks to the leadership qualities of Adrian, Tamia and Megan and their potential to make a difference on issues of civil rights, civic engagement and transformative justice. It also reflects a civil service culture at UW-Madison and the enduring force of the Wisconsin idea. “
The Truman Fellowship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Every Truman scholarship holder receives funds for graduate studies, leadership training, career advice and special internship and scholarship opportunities within the federal government.
More about the UW – Madison finalists:
- Tamia Fowlkes is from Milwaukee and is studying journalism and political science with certificates in gender and women’s studies and leadership. She serves as the Big 10 Voting Challenge intern for the Morgridge Center for Public Service, Andrew Goodman Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and Student Council Representative for the Associated Students of Madison. Driven by her passion for politics, education, and youth activism, Fowlkes co-founded the Student Civic Immersion Program, which helps high school students design service projects that focus on civic engagement and political issues such as environmental justice, racial justice, and voter suppression. She is also the co-host of a podcast called Pod-Cast Your Vote.
- Adrian Lampron is an organizer and advocate based out of Minneapolis using they / them pronouns. Lampron is studying history, political science, LGBTQ + studies, and a little bit of Spanish. They are privileged to have a community that supports them to be their true selves and they feel driven to fight for the many trans people who don’t. Lampron began an internship with Phillipe Cunningham, who won a seat on Minneapolis City Council in 2017 and became the first black queer trans man to be elected to public office in the United States. Since then, Lampron has served as student council representative, convention bureau intern, graphic designer, and field organizer in Minnesota during the 2020 election. They also formed a student political coalition, hosted a podcast on local government, and published 4 EPs. Lampron was recently elected as the next chairman of Associated Students of Madison, the student council of UW-Madison.
Megan Mercier returned to UW-Madison in 2020 after a 15-year absence, during which time she became the founder of the Holism for All program, which aims to connect low-income families with affordable holistic health options. Mercier, of Madison, is a domestic violence attorney, public speaker, writer, filmmaker, and mother of two daughters. She is studying social welfare and is working on her next film project. Her focus is on creating family law laws that better protect victims of violence and their children from abuse, as well as promoting judicial accountability policies and community-led, transformative justice initiatives.
Recent UW-Madison Truman Scholarship winners include Tina Marshalek (2020), Shiloah Coley (2019), Jordan Madden (2018), and Deshawn McKinney (2016). A full list of UW Madison winners and finalists can be found here here.