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Princeton Junior Poland Awarded Truman Scholarship for Public Service

April 11th, 2019


Princeton University junior Nathan Poland has been awarded a 2019 Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programs to prepare for careers in public service.

The award, which was given this year to 62 students among 840 candidates nationwide, “recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service,” according to the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Poland, of Rockville, Maryland, is a major in the Department of African American Studies. He is also pursuing certificates in Spanish and Portugueseand statistics and machine learning. He plans to use the scholarship to pursue public interest law.

“By studying public interest law and infusing it with a sociological bent I intend to use the law, in theory and in practice, as a means to advance social justice,” Poland wrote in his application. After law school, he aspires to be a public defender.

Poland’s studies within his major have focused on race and public policy, particularly examining mass incarceration, institutionalized racism and the history of discrimination in law.

Click here to read more about Poland.

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