JBU Junior Kevin Leon Awarded Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, congratulates Kevin Leon on his selection for the Truman award.

Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, congratulates Kevin Leon on his selection for the Truman award.

John Brown University junior Kevin Leon has been selected to receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for College Students Who Want to Make a Difference. He is the first student from John Brown University to receive the award.

Kevin will receive a $30,000 scholarship for graduate or professional school, will participate in leadership development activities and be offered special internship and employment opportunities with the federal government.

“The prospect of pursuing graduate school seemed impossible because of financial challenges in my family,” said Leon. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity and what this award means for my future. I’m excited to be carrying out the plan God has for my life.”

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (March 31, 2011) — Each applicant had to identify an issue in society and propose a solution. Kevin identified the need to address the national drop-out rate of Hispanic students, a subject he is personally interested in after struggling through high school. His passion led him to develop a mentorship program called “Juntos Podemos” (Together We Can) that partners Hispanic parents, students and academic advisors to plan out the high school classes needed to pursue a college education. The partnership would also provide the needed support to fill out college applications, scholarship applications and financial aid forms.

“It’s encouraging to see the Truman Foundation recognize Kevin’s hard work in helping Hispanic students to achieve their educational goals,” said Dr. Trisha Posey, assistant professor of history and faculty advisor. “Kevin devoted a significant amount of time and energy to the application process, and we look forward to seeing how the scholarship will help him as he continues his good work in the Hispanic community.”

Kevin is a Psychology and Theology major with a minor in Spanish. He is the first in his family to attend college. He will graduate in May of 2012 and plans to attend graduate school at John Brown University or the University of Arkansas.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is a federal memorial to the thirty-third President of the United States. The award is given on merit-basis to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or public service.

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Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, congratulates Kevin Leon on his selection for the Truman award.

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Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, congratulates Kevin Leon on his selection for the Truman award.