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Harry S. Truman Scholarship Awarded to Huntsman Student

May  2016

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Madelyn Fife

Don't let her small frame fool you. Madelyn Fife is a powerhouse full of drive and intelligence.

In April, Madelyn Fife received some incredible news from USU President Stan Albrecht. Under the ploy that she needed to sign a travel form in the President's office, Madelyn was informed that she was awarded the Truman Scholarship and would become one of 54 students in the nation to become a Truman Scholar.

The Truman Scholarship was founded by Congress in 1975 in honor of President Harry S. Truman to support students who are pursuing careers in public service. This year alone, 775 students across the nation applied for this award. Madelyn will receive a $30,000 scholarship towards the graduate program of her choice and will meet her fellow scholars in Washington, D.C. next summer as part of the Truman program.

There was nothing easy about applying and being selected for the Truman scholarship. The intense written application process was followed by a series of interviews held in Arizona. Madelyn did her homework and had several of her professors and the USU Honors office set up mock interviews prior to the actual interview.

Madelyn Fife is a junior dual-majoring in Economics and Political Science. As a high school senior, she applied for and was accepted into the Huntsman Scholar Program where she learned as a freshman about the national scholarships available. She jumped right into college life by participating in the Huntsman School’s summer study abroad program, traveling to Asia, and becoming a Business Ambassador in the Dean's office. She completed her Huntsman Scholar study abroad semester in the Fall of 2015 and was elected by her peers as the Co-President for the program next year.

Of this honor, Madelyn says she is humbled and still in shock. She is grateful for her wonderful family (parents, alumni Kimball and Jennifer Fife) and mentors Shannon Peterson, John Ferguson, and Alison Cook who really raised the bar in her academic rigor.