Fernández Harvey ’21 wins Truman Scholarship

Fernández Harvey ’21 wins Truman Scholarship

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Basis every year awards as much as $30,000 to school juniors aspiring to pursue careers in public carrier

Marysol Fernández Harvey ’21, a group of workers columnist at The Bring in, is the 6th Brown recipient of the Truman Scholarship because the 2013-2014 educational yr.

Marysol Fernández Harvey ’21, a group of workers columnist at The Bring in, earned a slot as one among 62 public-service orientated Truman Students around the nation previous this month, in line with a College press unlock.

The Truman Scholarship, awarded every year by means of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Basis, rewards faculty juniors recognized as “long term alternate brokers” with as much as $30,000 for graduate research as they pursue careers in public carrier, in line with the root’s web page. This system, which won 773 programs from 316 faculties and universities, selects scholars in keeping with their “data of management, public carrier and educational fulfillment.” =

Fernández Harvey stated she intends to make use of the scholarship to pay for legislation college. As soon as she graduates, she hopes to go back to Puerto Rico, the place she is from, and paintings at the “better effort that’s already starting to mobilize” so as to add “some sense of self-determination at the island.” 

“We’re a colony, (and) we have now been for hundreds of years,” she stated. “We haven’t actually long past throughout the rigorous procedure of getting the folk of Puerto Rico come to a decision what their country desires to be at some point.”

When she returns, Fernández Harvey hopes to participate in conversations about the best way to “rewrite a charter that permits self-determination for the folk of Puerto Rico.”

Linda Dunleavy, affiliate dean of the School for fellowships at Brown, stated that Fernández Harvey’s breadth of stories — from writing critiques for The Bring in to her twin focus in Economics and Comparative Literature to her revel in in dance efficiency — all created a commonplace and compelling narrative.

“They had been all by hook or by crook tied in combination in her pastime in creating a distinction in Puerto Rico,” Dunleavy stated.

Fernández Harvey stated one among her preliminary worries concerning the “lengthy and rigorous” utility used to be that her narrative about public carrier wouldn’t appear coherent in comparison to her “belief” of many fellow candidates: scholars with revel in in “strictly political paintings” aiming to ultimately paintings in  Washington, D.C.

“The best way the scholarship defines public carrier is actually vast — it stems from coverage paintings to engineering and medication to other people like me who’re operating on the intersection of a large number of issues.”

The appliance procedure, Dunleavy defined, is composed of 2 stages. 

First, scholars from a given college practice for some of the college’s 4 nominations to transform a Truman pupil. 

The appliance “calls for a large number of writing and introspection,” Fernández Harvey defined, noting that she used to be requested to post the whole thing from a regular CV-style record of extracurriculars to a ridicule coverage memo, in addition to private reflections on the place she anticipated to be 5 and 10 years after graduate college.

This yr, she stated, the College interviewed fewer than 8 of the 24 candidates vying for some of the College’s nominations. “On the interview, she used to be very poised and focused,” Dunleavy stated.

As soon as nominated, scholars are then interviewed by means of their state’s committee. In Fernández Harvey’s case, that used to be an interview with the Puerto Rican committee. 

Candidates most often be told in their choice by means of mail, however Fernández Harvey recently is living in New York Town, the place the mail machine “isn’t actually operating,” she stated. 

As a substitute, Fernández Harvey won an e mail from President Christina Paxson P’19 relating to an “vital topic” about which the 2 had to meet over Zoom.

“I had a sense it used to be almost certainly concerning the Truman (Scholarship), however you get those irrational fears — ‘Oh no, am I in hassle? Why does the president of the College need to communicate with me?’” Fernández Harvey stated.

Paxson introduced the committee of college and group of workers that urged Fernández Harvey throughout the procedure at the name, the place she realized the scoop.

“We’re actually overjoyed about Marysol,” Dunleavy stated, noting that it used to be the second one yr in a row the College had produced a Truman Student. Consistent with the College’s fellowships web page, Fernández Harvey’s scholarship marks the 6th time because the 2013-14 educational yr {that a} Brown scholar received the celebrated scholarship. 

“Brown enjoys an excellent dating with the Truman Basis,” Dunleavy added. 

“You’re presented to this actually nice community,”  Fernández Harvey stated. “Folks take being a part of the Truman group critically.”

For Dunleavy, public carrier scholarships just like the Truman at the moment are “extra vital than ever.”

“Going ahead, how are we going to make adjustments? I believe it’s a actually vital second for younger other people to be interested by how we will make the sector higher within the wake of (COVID-19),” Dunleavy added.