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Young Black man wins $30,000 US Scholarship, celebrates achievement

A brilliant young man named Travis Allen Johnson has won the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship to study for his postgraduate studies.

Travis is an undergraduate student of Harvard University currently studying Goverment. He was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship worth 30,000 dollars to further his postgraduate studies.

The Truman Scholarship is an award dedicated to inspiring and supporting Americans from diverse backgrounds to public service. Alongside the funding, Travis will also undergo a leadership training, career counseling, and special employment opportunities within the federal government.

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He stated that he has long been inspired to seek a scholarship and a law degree to address discrimination in the legal system.

 

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“I come from a place where so many members of my community are marginalized, and I’ve seen the impacts of the criminal legal system and how that is targeted at low-income Black individuals. For me, it’s always been about trying to use my education to help combat that,” he said.

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Travis served as the inaugural co-president of the Harvard Undergraduate Association, a position he credits with granting him a unique perspective on leadership and perseverance.

“I think as a result of my time co-leading the HUA in its infancy, it really allowed me to understand the ins and outs of leadership, the complexities of leadership but also the way in which good leadership can result in incredible things happening,” he said.

 

 

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Travis was one of the 61 other students across the United States who were also awarded the scholarship for 2023. He mentioned that he was said he was eating dinner when he got the call that he had been selected for the honor.

He stated that though the application process included “by far the most difficult interview” he has been through, he attributed his previous work experiences at the Democratic National Committee and multinational law firm to broadening his horizons and strengthening his appeal as a candidate.

“I was also able to use that as an opportunity to say, ‘There are so many incredibly talented lawyers who go to big law rather than using their time and efforts to help marginalized individuals,” Travis said.

“I respect that choice, but it also instilled in me a desire to not want to do that instilled in me a desire to want to go back to the local level and start as a lawyer there,” he added.

Travis stated that he hopes his achievements can serve to inspire others with backgrounds similar to his.

“People don’t associate my town with great things, and so I do hope that my winning and being awarded the Truman Scholarship can show other like-minded individuals that it’s not about where you come from,” Travis said.

“You can really achieve great things, and the only limitations are the ones you place on yourself,” he added.

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