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Trinity College Student Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Hartford, Connecticut, April 13, 2018 – Trinity College student Madalyn Farrar, Class of 2019, has been awarded a prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Farrar is one of 59 Truman scholars named for 2018, selected from an applicant pool of 756 nominated by 311 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions. Students were nominated by their institutions based on their history of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

An Illinois Scholar from Edwardsville, Illinois, Farrar is passionate about creating a healthy environment through public health policies and wants to work in public service to combat health inequalities. An anthropology major at Trinity, she also is studying biology, which she may pursue as a minor or second major. She was named a Deans’ Scholar (one of the top 25 first-year students) and has earned faculty honors at Trinity all semesters. Farrar also received the Lisa P. Nestor Chemical Rubber Company Award for outstanding achievement in general chemistry.

At Trinity, Farrar has worked to facilitate student volunteering in Hartford by running several service organizations focusing on access to healthy food, housing, and environmental sustainability, including serving as Habitat for Humanity chapter president. She has been honored with Trinity’s Fishzohn and Goldfarb Awards, which recognize, respectively, community service and service to the City of Hartford.

Currently in England studying health and disease and nutritional anthropology at Oxford University, Farrar said she is using her study-away opportunity to gain a global perspective on health systems. She plans to pursue an M.P.H. or M.S.P.H. focusing on women’s health and health policy.

“I am incredibly honored to become part of the Truman community and be connected to like-minded people who share my passion for public service. This award opens up many opportunities that will support my goals in public health and my career in public service,” said Farrar.

Farrar credits several Trinity staff and faculty mentors for their support and encouragement. “I am so grateful to Anne Lundberg [director of fellowships] for supporting my application while abroad and to Alison Draper [director of Trinity’s Center for Interdisciplinary Science] and Jim Trostle [professor of anthropology] for always guiding me to find the right academic path for me. A huge thank you to Joe Barber [director, Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement] and the Office of Community Service for supporting my involvement in community service and for all the work they do for Trinity and Hartford,” she said.

Lundberg said, “Maddie invests her heart and soul in her efforts, and people enjoy working with her. We believe that Maddie’s understanding of engaged leadership, combined with her academic and administrative talents, will propel her to the forefront of the women’s health field.”

Recent past winners of the Truman Scholarship from Trinity College include Margaret Brown (Class of 2017) and Salima Etoka (Class of 2015). Farrar will receive her award at a May 27 ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States. Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multistage selection process.

Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College ( is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with more than 2,200 students from 45 states and 67 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the college’s celebrated campus, in the capital city of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.