May 14 2013
Simon Boehme, BSILR '14 Awarded Truman Scholarship
Simon Boehme, BSILR ‘14 and summer 2012 Global Service Learning (GSL) participant was recently awarded the Truman Scholarship on the basis of academic and leadership accomplishments alongside the likelihood of making a difference. The scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study to students who intend to pursue activities related to public service.
Boehme spent the summer of 2012 working with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Mysore, India conducting research and writing policy on rural school districts in the area. According to Boehme, his summer experience in India allowed him to refine his interest in continuing a career of giving back to others. “It has also encouraged me to gain new perspectives from other parts of the world. This summer I am traveling to South Africa to work at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. GSL in India has planted the seed in me to understand the complex education issues from a comparative lens,” said Boehme.
Boehme also believes his ILR education has helped him pursue his passion towards public service because of the numerous international opportunities available. Upon graduation, he intends to pursue a Master’s degree in education policy followed by attending law school. “With my remaining studies at ILR and in the future, I want to gain greater insight in education models and practices that will allow every child to succeed.”
Boehme is among 62 college juniors nationwide recognized this year with a Truman Scholarship for "exceptional leadership potential" and commitment to careers in public service. Congratulations Simon!